Canonical has confirmed that Ubuntu 18.10 (aka Cosmic Cuttlefish) has reached end of life (EoL).
Just as with Windows, each build of Ubuntu, one of the biggest Linux distros on the market, has a finite level of support. In this case, as it isn’t an LTS release, 18.10 had nine months of support, but all good things must come to an end.
From this point, users of 18.10 will no longer receive security updates to their operating system, which could leave it open to attacks from external nasties.
In a statement, the company confirmed: “Ubuntu announced its 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) release almost 9 months ago, on October 18, 2018. As a non-LTS release, 18.10 has a nine-month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 18.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 18th.”
Users can either start again with a whole new installation, or they can choose to upgrade “in-place” using tools found in the Ubuntu UI.
The next version of Ubuntu won’t appear till October, under the name Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine, but for right now, you’re looking at Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo, complete with the (then) latest Linux kernel 4.18 and redesigned GNOME desktop with Yaru theme.
When you’re considering your next move, it’s wise to allow for the fact that, starting with 19.10, Ubuntu won’t officially support 32-bit builds. There’s been pushback on the move, which is why Canonical has agreed to a limited release in 32-bit for architectures where there is demand.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht