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I am a bit confused about the release schedule of Ubuntu. AFAIK, it releases a new version every 6 months right? How about the LTS version?

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marked as duplicate by Braiam, Eric Carvalho, Florian Diesch, guntbert, mikewhatever Feb 7 '14 at 6:22

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A new Long Term Support (LTS) version is usually released every two years. The current LTS version is Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (code name "Lucid Lynx"), which was released during April 2010. Thus the next LTS is road-mapped to be Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (code name not yet known), with a release date expected on 26 April 2012.

With the Long Term Support (LTS) version you get 3 years support for Ubuntu Desktop, and 5 years support for Ubuntu Server.

See the article for more information.

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I see. Thanks so much! – jilseego Jul 2 '11 at 17:41
A bit more precisely, every fourth release is an LTS. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jul 3 '11 at 1:36
Hi jilseego, you could accept this answer. – MickTaiwan Jul 3 '11 at 6:38
@MickTaiwan: done :- – jilseego Jul 4 '11 at 4:09
@jo-erlend: True. – Binarylife Jul 4 '11 at 7:15

This should answer this question for the next few years:

Pattern - April of every even-numbered year (Every four versions)







FUN FACT - Dapper Drake is the only exception (Ubuntu 6.06)

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+1 for Dapper Drake. – Avinash Raj Nov 28 '13 at 17:11
@AvinashRaj +1 for +1ing me ;) – Devyn Collier Johnson Nov 28 '13 at 17:13
@AvinashRaj I know. I +1 your comment stating you +1 my answer. – Devyn Collier Johnson Nov 28 '13 at 17:18

10.04 was the last one, so the next one will be 12.04, which means it will be released April 2012.

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The next LTS release will be in April 2014: 14.04. It will be supported until somewhere in 2019.

More details can be found on Here is an overview of that page. It is hard to see on the image but there is a difference between the desktop and the server version, but that only was for 10:04 (and earlier versions). These days:

A new LTS version is released every 2 years. In previous releases, a Long Term Support (LTS) version had 3 years support on Ubuntu (Desktop) and 5 years on Ubuntu Server. Starting with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, both versions will receive 5 years support.

Ubuntu release cycle

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