Ubuntu 21.04 will end support tomorrow. Update when you can

Ubuntu 21.04 EOL

Some time ago I read an opinion I don’t remember where or from whom that said that Canonical would have to release only LTS versions. It is in those where everything is more polished, and in the rest where they add the latest news and where there may be smaller problems. I don’t think that will ever happen, and we will continue to have a new version every six months, three of them supported for 9 months and one every two years supported for 5 years. Ubuntu 21.04 it was launched in April 2021, and if you use it you have to know that it has little life left.

Codenamed Hirsute Hippo, Ubuntu 21.04 introduced new features, but Canonical decided to stick with GNOME 3.38 because they thought things weren’t ready for the smooth running of their operating system yet. The end of its life cycle will arrive tomorrow, January 20, so, for those who have not already done so, now is a good time to update the operating system. To what version? Well the answer is simple.

Ubuntu 21.04 will “die” on January 20

When we are using LTS versions it is a bit more difficult to decide which version to upgrade to. That is, if we are in Focal Fossa, we can continue using it until 2022, 2024 or 2025, or decide to update to the latest version of Ubuntu. For Hirsute Hippo users there is only one option: get on the Impish Indri which was launched last October. Will it be possible to continue using the operating system after the 20th? Yes, of course, the operating system will continue to work the same, but it will no longer receive support and updates. This not only means that the applications will no longer receive new functions, but also that security flaws will not be covered, so we can be exposed to threats.

To update we must do the following:

  1. We make a backup of important files.
  2. We open a terminal and make sure that there are no packages left to update with this command:
sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade
  1. We install update-manager if it is not already installed:
sudo apt install update-manager
  1. We restart the operating system.
  2. Once we enter again, we open the terminal and write this command:
update-manager -c
  1. We accept the message that appears.
  2. Finally, we follow the instructions that appear on the screen. When we restart we will enter Impish Indri.

Another option is to download the ISO (here that of the main version), save it on a pendrive with programs such as Etcher or Ventoy and, in the installation process, choose “Update”. Whatever it is done, it has to be done now.

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