Ubuntu 12.04: End of Support Notice and what to do if you have to use my programs on it.


As the title suggests, I will no longer be supporting Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) for any of my programs, as it has officially reached its End Of Life date.

What does this mean for 12.04 users?

Precise Pangolin users will no longer receive security updates after the 28th of April 2017. This means this older ubuntu version will rapidly become insecure and unsafe for general internet-connected use. It will still work, but most applications will stop supporting it in the near future, or already have. I advise users to upgrade to a new version of Ubuntu, like 16.04 LTS, which will be supported until 2021. Alternatively they could switch to a different Linux distro like Linux Mint if they wish.

But I need to run on Ubuntu 12.04!

Well, the current versions of my programs still have downloads for 12.04 (at the time of writing), but no future versions will. You can continue to run the older versions though, and they will remain up for download on my website at www.hamishmb.altervista.org. If you really need to, you could try running a newer version of one of my programs on Ubuntu 12.04, even though I don’t support it. I can’t guarantee this will work, but it might be a good solution in the interim if you really must do it.


Ubuntu 12.04 LTS had a good run. It was a good version, perhaps the first that had a stable, fast version of Unity, but it’s now time to upgrade.


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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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