The problem with Ubuntu updates
Although the Linux community does not want to admit it, and instead of reasoning they choose to disrespect when it comes to talking about it, the support that Canonical offers for their distributions is laughable. It is true that every 2 years Canonical releases a version of Ubuntu with extended support, LTS, which guarantees support and updates for 5 years. However, the rest of the versions, which arrive every 6 months, have a support of only 9 months. This means that either we use an LTS, or we will have to update to each and every one of the versions that are coming to the system.
The reason? Because Canonical wants to, and since it doesn’t take the community into account, that’s how it acts. It is one of the reasons why many users loyal to Ubuntu have begun to move away from this company, increasingly similar to Microsoft, in search of other more faithful distros to what Linux always was.
Much criticize Windows, but each version (which has also arrived every 6 months throughout the life of Windows 10) had 18 months of support. And with Windows 11, each version will have 24 months of support (although it is true that only one update will arrive per year). And that’s not counting the Windows LTSC, which have between 5 and 10 years of support each. If Canonical cannot afford to keep all these versions more than 9 months, the same shouldn’t release so many versions of Ubuntu. Maybe it is time to change the support plan of your system and bet on something similar to Debian, a stable version with several years of support, and a “testing” (rolling release) to experiment and test new functions.
Ubuntu 20.10 is no longer supported: update as soon as possible
The Ubuntu version 20.10 It arrived in October of last year. This distro had GNOME 3.38, the Linux Kernel 5.8 and, in the end, it was the one that released the official support for the Raspberry Pi. After these 9 months in the market, as of Thursday July 22, this distro will no longer have support.
All users who still have it installed in the system will have to update to the latest version, 21.04, if they want to continue receiving support and updates. To update Ubuntu to the latest version, all we have to do is open a Terminal and execute the following command:
sudo do-release-upgrade -c
We can also update from the Ubuntu update manager, following the instructions that appear on the screen. It is true that the Ubuntu version change has never sat well with the operating system, and it is still one of Ubuntu’s pending subjects, but the other option we have is to format and install Ubuntu from scratch. And, in that case, we recommend putting the 20.04 LTS, so we won’t have to worry about new versions for a long time.