April 17, 2014. As with the earlier LTS releases, Ubuntu committed to
ongoing security and critical fixes for a period of 5 years. The standard
support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 14.04 will transition to
Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) on Thursday, April 25th, 2019.
Users are encouraged to evaluate and upgrade to our latest 18.04 LTS
release via 16.04. The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 14.04 is via
Ubuntu 16.04. Instructions and caveats for the upgrades may be found at:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/XenialUpgrades for Ubuntu 16.04 and
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BionicUpgrades for Ubuntu 18.04.
Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 continue to be actively supported with security
updates and 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 here:
Canonical provides Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to
customers through Ubuntu Advantage. The announcement including details
about how and where to purchase extended support can be found here:
Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most
highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users in homes,
schools, businesses and governments around the world. Ubuntu is Open
Source software, costs nothing to download, and users are free to
customise or alter their software in order to meet their needs.
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