Ubuntu’s LTS releases are popular due to the long support windows – but every Ubuntu LTS release reaches the end of life at some point in time. Official support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ended on April 30, 2021. If you use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for your enterprise workloads you cannot risk running out of formal, official support for your Ubuntu servers. Relying on an unsupported distribution can turn out costly because you lose access to critical vulnerability patches. It leaves organizations open to significant Cybersecurity risks.
For enterprises with unlimited budgets, switching to the commercial support of Ubuntu might be a viable solution. However, for many organizations, this option is not realistic. Migrating to another free Linux distribution or upgrading to the next version of LTS Ubuntu is the path most enterprises take. This is challenging because organizations cannot simply switch to the latest release without thorough planning.
With the Extended Lifecycle Support service, you get the time to carefully plan your migration path from end of life Linux to the newest version.
Extended Lifecycle Support is currently available for
CentOS 6, CentOS 8, Oracle Linux 6, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
End of life date – November 2020
Extended Lifecycle Support will last until November 2024, giving you enough time to switch your server fleet to an alternative distribution or upgrade to the newest version of your favourite Linux flavor.
End of life date – December 2021
Extended Lifecycle Support will last until December 2025, keeping end of life Linux systems secure and compliant, giving IT teams more time to make informed migration decisions.
End of life date – March 2021
Extended Lifecycle Support will last until March 2025. Save significantly on Oracle’s Linux Subscription by choosing Extended Lifecycle Support for ongoing Oracle Linux 6 maintenance.
Put an end to service interruptions and non-compliance caused by system reboots