The popular Linux distribution Ubuntu version 21.10 is going end of life on July 14, 2022. To ensure maximum security and the latest features, updating to a "Long Term Support" (LTS) or higher version is highly recommended.
What is Ubuntu Linux?
Initially released in 2004, Ubuntu is a Linux distribution primarily based on Debian and has a desktop, server, core, IoT, and robot edition. Aside from regular releases, the majority of users use an LTS version of Ubuntu. The main benefits of Ubuntu are that it has its own software repositories, and due to its wide usage is one of the most supported Linux operating systems out there.
Ubuntu has two different types of releases, "Long Term Support" (LTS) and interim releases. An LTS version is released every two years in April, in between the two years, interim releases are released every 6 months. While Interim versions are only supported for 9 months, LTS versions are supported for 10 years.
Interim releases introduce new capabilities from both the Canonical and upstream open source projects, these releases are frequently used for their newer compilers or access to newer kernels and libraries. The LTS releases are provided with security updates and kernel patches for the full 10-year lifespan.
For even longer support, Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) is available for purchase.
Ubuntu Linux Audit Report
Lansweeper retrieves detailed operating system info from all your devices, this report shows you an overview of all your Ubuntu Linux devices along with the Ubuntu version it is running, when the end of life date is, and even how many days are remaining. It uses color-coding to indicate whether actions need to be taken if your Ubuntu version is out of date or close to it.