On August 4, 2016, Canonical will announce the fifth and last point release of its long-term supported Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system, Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS.
Today, July 7, 2016, the company behind one of the widely used GNU/Linux distributions has announced that Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) will offer users the latest Linux kernel and graphics stacks from the current LTS (Long Term Support) version of the operating system, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
However, Canonical is also informing those who chose to remain on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS platform until its end of life that, by the time the Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS point release is out, they will no longer provide security updates and bug fixes for older hardware enablement (HWE) stacks for the Trusty Tahr operating system.
“In an effort to support a wider variety of hardware within the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, the 14.04.2 and newer point releases shipped with hardware enablement stacks composed of updated kernels and graphics stacks. The intention has always been for these hardware enablement stacks to only remain supported until the introduction of the kernel and graphics stack derived from 16.04,” said Leann Ogasawara.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users are urged to update to Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS
Therefore, Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS will be a crucial update for all users of any of the previous Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) versions, including Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS, and Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS. Canonical encourages them to update their systems to Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS on August 4 or move to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
As usual, Canonical will provide instruction on how to upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in the release notes for Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS, and they’ve also provided users with a new Ubuntu Wiki page at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack that explains things for them in detail.