Support for Ubuntu 12.10 Officially Ends

Ubuntu 12.10

Announced today, Ubuntu 12.10 aka Quantal Qwetzal and the official variants xubuntu, lubuntu, edubuntu are officially end-of-support 16 May 2014.

Ubuntu 12.10 is no longer supported as of May 16, 2014. Canonical advises that those still running it upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 (via Ubuntu 13.10).

Changes to the way releases are supported made after the Quetzal was released means its successor, Ubuntu 13.04, has already reached ‘end of life’.



Code name


Release date

End of life date

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Trusty Tahr


April 17, 2014

April 2019

Ubuntu 13.10

Saucy Salamander


October 17, 2013

July 2014

Ubuntu 12.10

Quantal Quetzal

Tech / Rel

October 18, 2012

May 16, 2014

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS

Precise Pangolin


February 6, 2014

April 2017

Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS

Precise Pangolin


August 23, 2013

Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS

Precise Pangolin


February 14, 2013

Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS

Precise Pangolin


August 24, 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Precise Pangolin

Tech / Rel

April 26, 2012

Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS

Lucid Lynx


February 16, 2012

May 9, 2013 (Desktop)
April 2015 (Server)

Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS

Lucid Lynx


July 21, 2011

Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS

Lucid Lynx


February 18, 2011

Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS

Lucid Lynx


August 17, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Lucid Lynx

Tech / Rel

April 29, 2010

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It’s not unusual for Linux developers to provide limited support for the operating systems. With very few exceptions, which are usually confirmed by big names like Red Hat, Canonical, and the Debian project (not a profit-based enterprise), most of the operating systems don’t usually last more than two years tops.

There is a number of reasons for this, but the most important is manpower. It’s time consuming to have developers churn out security updates and fix problems when they can just work on something else that is way more exciting.

Another reason for the limited support time for the Linux operating systems is the fact that development takes place at an incredible speed. Things change so quickly in open source that developers usually prefer to make a new operating system with some features than to backport them to something that is already two years old.You can get goo idea about how long will Ubuntu releases supported from here.




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