Canonical announced today that the Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) operating system release will reach end of life next month on July 22nd, 2021, urging users to upgrade to a newer release.
Released eight months ago on October 22nd, 2020, Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) was the first release of the popular Linux distribution to offer Raspberry Pi 4 desktop images, transforming the tiny single-board computer into a powerful workstation for all your daily computing needs. Check out my review of Ubuntu 20.10 on Raspberry Pi 4 to see it in action.
Ubuntu 20.10 shipped with the Linux 5.8 kernel series, nftables as default firewall backend instead of iptables, support for Active Directory (AD) logins, support for Ubuntu Certified devices, the GNOME 3.38 desktop environment, and much more.
But, not being a long-term support (LTS) release, Ubuntu 20.10 only receives software and security updates for nine months, which means that it will reach end of life on July 22nd. At that time, Canonical will stop offering updates for the Groovy Gorilla release, which, in time, will become vulnerable to attacks.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that you upgrade to the latest release as soon as possible. In this case, you have to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo), which will be supported until February 2022.
The advantages are many as Ubuntu 21.04 introduces numerous new features and improvements, such as support for GNOME 40 apps, the Linux 5.11 kernel for better hardware support, and a much-improved Wayland session, which is now enabled by default.
You have about one month, from the moment of writing this article, to upgrade your Ubuntu 20.10 installations to Ubuntu 21.04, so do it as soon as possible if you want to enjoy the most recent GNU/Linux technologies and latest software release, and avoid it becoming vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
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