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Ubuntu Release Cycle

Ubuntu provides five years of updates for each Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) release.

There is a new Ubuntu LTS release every two years.

Ubuntu Version Name Released End of Life
24.04 LTS Noble Numbat April 2024 April 2029
22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish April 2022 April 2027
20.04 LTS Focal Fossa April 2020 April 2025
18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver April 2018 April 2023
16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus April 2016 April 2021
14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr April 2014 April 2019

After an Ubuntu LTS release has reached its End of Life (EOL), Ubuntu stops providing security updates for the release.

Learn how to upgrade your server's version of Ubuntu.

Note: For multiple years after an Ubuntu release is EOL, ServerPilot continues to provide your servers with updated versions of Nginx+OpenSSL, Apache, and PHP. However, there can still be many security updates your server is missing, so it is still important to upgrade Ubuntu.

Ubuntu version number is the year and month of release

Ubuntu versions always have the format YY.MM where the first two numbers are the year ("24" means 2024) and the second two numbers are the month ("04" means April).

Ubuntu Pro: five extra years of updates

Ubuntu Pro is Ubuntu's paid version which offers five additional years of updates beyond the standard five years of updates for Ubuntu LTS. For example, Ubuntu Pro 24.04 LTS will receive security updates from Ubuntu through April 2034.

The simplest and most cost-effective way to use license Ubuntu Pro is to create your server using the Ubuntu Pro images through Google Cloud Platform (GCP) which includes the cost of the license in the hourly price of the server.

The following Ubuntu Pro images are available at GCP:

Ubuntu interim (non-LTS) releases

In the 24 months between LTS releases, there are Ubuntu interim releases every six months. These non-LTS releases such as Ubuntu 23.10 only receive security updates from Ubuntu for nine months and should generally not be used in production environments.

ServerPilot does not support these non-LTS Ubuntu releases due to their short period of support.

Last updated: May 14, 2024

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