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Ubuntu’s LTS releases explained

You may notice certain Ubuntu releases are accompanied by the letters LTS. This post will take a look at what exactly an LTS release is and reasons you may or may not want to opt for one over other releases.

ubuntu_ltsLTS: Long term support

A new version of Ubuntu is released every six months, which is crazy fast. You can upgrade to each new release if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. Each release is officially supported with updates for a year and a half.

In order to provide more stability, Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) singles out every fourth release and promises to provide security updates for it for a longer period of time than normal releases. Recently, these have been 10.04 and 12.04, and the next LTS will be 14.04. In the past, LTS releases were supported for three years on the desktop (server versions were supported for five). Read the rest of this entry