End of Support Notice For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

As the title suggests, I am dropping support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Extended support for this release was dropped in April 2021, and this means that no new security bugs are being fixed, and that it is inherently insecure.

Having said that, I have tried very hard to support Ubuntu 16.04 over the years. However, I have less free time now than before, and maintaining support for these releases is becoming a time drain for me, and limiting the new features I can add to DDRescue-GUI and GetDevInfo, when I could be spending time doing more productive things, such as writing more applications for you guys, or adding support for Apple Silicon Macs (in progress).

UPDATE: My build of wxPython 4.x for Ubuntu 16.04 is no longer available in my PPA, instead download the packages from here: https://www.hamishmb.com/blog/miscellaneous-downloads/.

What if I’m stuck on an old release?

You can continue to use the most recent version of my programs that supports Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for the foreseeable future, but these will not receive any new features or bugfixes. Any of you still using this release (aside from Canonical’s paying customers who get a longer period of support), should now upgrade to a newer release or a different distribution to ensure you continue to get security updates.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more posts coming soon. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I very much hope to have some interesting posts out soon.

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About Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty

I'm a self-employed software developer working on Free Software projects, as well as studying for my degree with the Open University. Being pedantic when it comes to detail is fortunately useful for both of these things! A strong believer in free software, I have a few pay-for programs available under the GPLv3 and enjoy reporting bugs and helping to improve various open source projects, including volunteering at Wimborne Model Town to work on their river control system.

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