What happens after 18 months?

Aart Koelewijn aart at mtack.xs4all.nl
Sun Sep 20 14:08:23 UTC 2009

On Sun, 20 Sep 2009 09:48:52 -0400, Ken G. wrote:

> Steve Lamb wrote:
>> Florian Diesch wrote:
>>> "Carlos S." <xdonzorrox at yahoo.com> writes:
>>>> after 18 months I am on my own or have to pay for the latest and
>>>> greatest .. afer 18 months how would one aquire the updates and
>>>> security updates??
>>> One would either upgrade to a supported version (that's for free) or
>>> keep the system current on your own (most likely you don't want that).
>>> Ubuntu doesn't offer updates for 9.04 after that neither free nor for
>>> money.
>>      Specifically Ubuntu releases a version every 6 months.  Each of
>>      those is
>> supported for 18 months.  So by the time support for 9.04 runs out
>> 9.10, 10.4 and 10.10 will have been released, each with 18 months of
>> support.
>>      In addition to that one version every ~2 years is dubbed Long Term
>> support (LTS).  LTS versions are supported for 3 years thus giving you
>> 1 year to migrate from one LTS version to the next.  The last LTS is
>> 8.04 which will be supported until sometime in 2011.
> Am I to assumed correctly that my present version of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty
> Jackalope) will automatically be upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
> on 10/29/09 or do I have to reinstall the new version?
> Ken

It will ask you if you want to upgrade. Personally I then like to wait 
for a few weeks before I upgrade. There may be some problems with the new 
distribution on some computers. Those will mostly be fixed in those weeks


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