Ubuntu 5.04 reaches end-of-life on 31 October 2006

Christina Armstrong christina.armstrong at canonical.com
Mon Oct 23 12:06:49 UTC 2006

On April 8th, 2005, Ubuntu announced the release of version 5.04. This
release was accompanied by a commitment to ongoing security updates for
a period of 18 months, which has been reflected in the comprehensive set
of Ubuntu Security Notices issued since that time. The support period
for Ubuntu 5.04 is now nearing its end, and Ubuntu 5.04 will officially
reach end-of-life on October 31st, 2006. At that time, Ubuntu Security
Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for
Ubuntu 5.04.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 5.04 is via Ubuntu 5.10.
Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at 
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BreezyUpgradeNotes. Note that upgrades
to version 6.06 and beyond are only supported in multiple steps, via an
upgrade first to 5.10, then to 6.06. Both Ubuntu 5.10 and Ubuntu 6.06
LTS continue to be actively supported with security updates and select
high-impact bug fixes. All announcements of official security updates
for Ubuntu releases are sent to the ubuntu-security-announce mailing
list, information about which may be found at 

The early Ubuntu releases changed the landscape of the Linux desktop.
Quickly gaining popularity in homes, schools, businesses and governments
around the world, Ubuntu is now widely considered the Linux desktop of
choice. Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, released on June 1st, 2006, marked a new
milestone for Ubuntu. Aimed at organisations with long-term and
large-scale free software deployments, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is a robust and
reliable platform that will be actively supported with security updates
and high-impact bug fixes for a period of 3 years on the desktop and 5
years on the server. Ubuntu 6.10 will be released in October 2006.

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