Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has officially announced that Ubuntu 19.10 “Eoan Ermine” will reach its end-of-life (EOL) on July 17, 2020. This means the Ubuntu developer team will no longer provide security patches, bug fixes, or any other updates.
Additionally, you won’t even get updates for installed applications. In fact, you won’t be able to install new software using apt-get command without manually modifying sources.list. Hence, if you’re using v19.10, you should upgrade your system to the latest long-term release Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.
Ubuntu 19.10 is a regular release that arrived last year on October 17, 2019, with tons of new features such as experimental ZFS support, NVIDIA drivers in ISO, and GNOME 3.34.
Being an interim release, 19.10 comes with a 9-month support cycle that will end in the coming weeks. Therefore, it’s highly recommended that you upgrade Ubuntu 19.10 to the newly available Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
Ubuntu 20.04 is the latest long-term version released on April 23, 2020, with support for the next 5 to 10 years. This means Canonical will actively provide security updates and bug fixes until 2025 for free. However, support is also extendable for a further five years at the cost of money.
If you want to know what’s new in 20.04, read our detailed article about all new features in Ubuntu 20.04. Or else, if you wish to upgrade your Ubuntu 19.10 to 20.04 right now, follow our guide on how to upgrade Ubuntu Linux using either the graphical or command-line methods.
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Before you upgrade, I also want to let you know that you may encounter some already known issues or errors that most people face after using Ubuntu 20.04. Hence, you should also expect some bugs in 20.04 and report them to the Ubuntu developer.
However, the first point release of Ubuntu 20.04 will arrive on 6 August 2020, including fixes for the reported bugs and more security updates. So, the choice is yours whether you want to upgrade right now or wait until Ubuntu 20.04.1.
If you want to go beyond and try the upcoming Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla,” you can also download its daily build. If you want, you can also convert Ubuntu Linux into a rolling release using the new “Rolling Rhino” tool.