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A month back I have transitioned from Windows to Linux and I have utopic installed in my system. No complaints till now! :D

What I wanted to know was as this is not an LTS release, will I face security problems after development for utopic is stopped this year?

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After a release goes End of Life, there are zero updates to the repositories. Eventually after End of Life, the repositories for that release get migrated to oldreleases, which only holds the archive state as it was at the EOL date.

You will not get any security updates or bugfixes if you continue to use an EOL release. It is highly advisable that you upgrade from 14.10 to 15.04 after it EOLs (and after 15.04 is released), or that you use the LTS release (14.04) if you plan on not upgrading your Ubuntu version every interim release.


The problem with EOL releases is you have to either do a fresh install (to an LTS) or an in-place upgrade (to 15.04 after it is released).

If you do a fresh installation, you'll lose everything unless you back up your files, and you will still likely not have everything that 14.10 had in it.

If you do an in-place upgrade to 15.04 after 15.04 releases, you can keep most of your settings, but some programs might have dropped away. You have to examine the upgrade tasks closely before hitting "OK" on the upgrade. Do note that with upgrades, bugs and other problems can arise.

  • But I have installed a crap load of things and have it configured to my taste finally. Will I have to redo all that when I install an LTS version? – Tasdik Rahman Feb 13 '15 at 4:50
  • @products it depends on how you upgrade. If you make a fresh install they will be list. however, when 15.04 will come out you well be able to upgrade using the package manager and in that way installed programs and configuration files should be preserved. Besides, you can always manually back up the configuration files and Krell ram of the program you have installed. – Bakuriu Feb 13 '15 at 7:07
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Ubuntu 14.10 will ends life on July 2015, link.

After EOL, may be you will not face any security issues. But after that you will not get any support from Ubuntu community. You can not get any updates(including security updates) for your system. So you will miss latest technologies which will be develop by Ubuntu community.

So after end of life, move to 15.04 or if you will not like to change the versions frequently move to 14.04 LTS.

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