Short Bytes: If you’re running Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak on your machine, it’s time for an upgrade. The open source Linux distribution has reached the end of its support cycle after nine months. It has been announced that Canonical will be cutting off all the updates and security patches for Ubuntu 16.10 on July 20.We never realized that nine months have passed since the release of Ubuntu 16.10 and now its time to bid farewell. Canonical’s Adam Conrad has announced the end of support cycle for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak. Feeling nostalgic already, here are some of the best features, Yakkety Yak boasted of.
The non-LTS release of the open source operating system won’t be receiving any package updates or security fixes after July 20, 2017. It’s a known thing for Ubuntu’s non-LTS point releases to have a support period of around nine months.
Ubuntu 16.10 set the initial path for Canonical’s ‘Convergence’ dreams. It’s an effort to put one operating system on different devices, be it a tablet or a PC, something similar to what Microsoft is doing for Windows. But while scrapping their plans for the Unity desktop and Convergence, Mike Shuttleworth later admitted that his vision for a single operating system was wrong.
If you wish, you can continue to run it on your machine until Ubuntu 17.10 arrives in October. However, it would be advisable to upgrade to a more recent version of the Linux distro, Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. It is also a non-LTS release with support up to January 2018. You can find the upgrade instructions here. If you want, you can switch to Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS which comes with a five-year support.
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