Ubuntu 18.10 Reaches End of Life! Existing Users Must Upgrade Now

Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish has completed its lifespan of 9 months. If you are using Ubuntu 18.10, you must upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04.

Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish was released in October 2018 with a dashing new look. Like any non-LTS (Long Term Support) release, it was supported only for nine months.

On July 18, 2019, Ubuntu 18.10 completed its lifespan of nine months and the support for this release has ended now.

What does “Ubuntu 18.10 reaching end of life” mean?

Ubuntu 18 10 Reaches End Of Life

End of life is the term used for the date after which an operating system release won’t get updates. Ubuntu provides security and maintenance upgrades in order to keep your systems safe from cyber attacks.

After Ubuntu 18.10 reaches end of life, you won’t get the security updates, you won’t get maintenance updates on your installed software and soon you won’t even be able to install programs from Ubuntu repositories.

This is applicable to all the official Ubuntu flavors including Kubuntu 18.10, Lubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu Studio 18.10, Xubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu Budgie 18.10 and so on.

If you are using Ubuntu 18.10, you must upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04

If you don’t know already, check your Ubuntu version to make sure if you are using Ubuntu 18.10. Graphically, you can go to System Settings and look under the Details segment. You should see the version details in the About section.

If your Ubuntu 18.10 system is connected to the internet, you would notified to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04. In fact, you should have been seeing this message for some time now while using the Software Updater.

Upgrade To Ubuntu 19 04 From 18 10
Upgrade To Ubuntu 19 04 From 18 10

The easiest way is to just run the Software Updater, run any pending updates and when you see the option to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04, hit the upgrade button.

It will first download the required files that could be up to a GB. So make sure that you have a good, stable internet connection. Once it finish downloading the update files, just follow the steps.

If you don’t do this, you should see an error message like this in a few days. The below image is for representational purpose.

Ubuntu 17.10 is not supported anymore

Another way to upgrade your system is to download Ubuntu 19.04, create its live USB and then install from it. You may see an option to upgrade the version during the installation procedure.

In the end…

If you don’t like upgrading Ubuntu every nine months, you should opt for the LTS versions that are supported for five years. Even if you want to switch to a newer LTS version, you can have 2 years of peace.

That being said, non-LTS version have their own advantage as they offer newer software, new features in the core operating system. If you like to stay on the edge, you can always opt for the latest non-LTS release, every six to nine months.

Which Ubuntu version do you prefer? LTS or non-LTS version? BTW, I use Arch is not an acceptable answer :D

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    Today I needed a new ltp port bd for my hl2040. Ptr ran fine as usb under 19.04. But couldn’t install either PC or ptr as lpt device under 19.04, or either 18.
    However, booting to ol reliable xp, bd installed and so did ptr, both with minimal effort.
    While I will remain loyal to ubie, the developers really need to get it to install stuff as easily as xp does! I’m not a dummy, but sometimes such installs are, well, challenging.

  • HI my name is Running Wolf . I love Linux and I help people with Lunux os at the Kootenay Ubuntu group in BC Canada in Nelson.does your site has a place were I can talk to other tech and People that love Linux like me. At Ubuntu Kootenay most People use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or Mint 19

  • I need some insight here. I can’t understand why people continue to use these non-LTS versions of Ubuntu. Years ago it made since when LTS offered almost no updates to the software. I remember having to do a Distro upgrade just to update Firefox. Also non-LTS has longer support back then. but now days? LTS has everything you want and Non-LTS is expired almost as soon as you install it.

    • There is a good reason for this. The newer non-LTS versions have newer version of software and new software in their repository. Not to forget that non-LTS versions have all the new changes both in looks and under the hood, that would be included in the next LTS release.

      There might not be that much of difference between 18.04 an 18.10 but compare 18.04 to 19.10 and you can see lots of changes.

      There are people who like to try new stuff as it comes and this is why these non-LTS releases exist.

    • LTS will simply not install on my laptop. The installation crashes in less than a minute, every time. It doesn’t matter if I opt for “try it” or try to simply install. Rock hard crash. Every time.