Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions for both desktop and server users. Ubuntu developers release LTS versions of the distro, which is supported for 5 years. The current latest LTS version is 20.04. Also, Canonical’s release cycle goes on, the next long-term support Ubuntu version, 22.04 called Jammy Jellyfish will arrive on 21 April 2022. So the users should not mix the Ubuntu 21.04 version with the LTS versions. For the Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” users, it is time to upgrade to the latest version, Ubuntu 21.10.
Support ends next week
The support for Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo is ending on January 20, 2022, which is next week. Ubuntu 21.04 received nine months of support from its release. But from January 20, the users will not get any more upgrades, no further kernel patches, no critical security fixes, and no further application updates.
The best way to use Ubuntu still is to upgrade it to the latest version. But if you insist on using Ubuntu 21.04, you may add unofficial repositories and try to maintain your system by yourself. We highly recommend you upgrade your Ubuntu to the latest version, Ubuntu 21.10 which was released about three months ago, which means it is already stable enough.
How to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10
To upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10 from the command line on a 21.04 system you can use the command line. Just enter the command below on your terminal and follow the instructions. during the upgrade process you may be asked to approve or deny package/file replacements.
What is the latest version of Ubuntu?
The latest LTS version of Ubuntu is 22.04, also known as "Jammy Jellyfish" and it was released on 21 April 2022. Ubuntu 22.04 will be supported until 2027.
What are the system requirements for Ubuntu?
The latest version of Ubuntu's system requirements are:
- 2 GHz dual-core processor or better
- 4 GB system memory
- 25 GB of free hard drive space
- Internet access is helpful
- Either a DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Can Ubuntu run on older hardware?
If you have the above requirements, you can run Ubuntu. We do not recommend using the latest version of Ubuntu for older hardware, but you can try older versions of Ubuntu.
Can I run Ubuntu on a virtual machine?
Yes, you can install and use Ubuntu in virtual machines like VMWare or VirtualBox.
How do I enable Ubuntu on Windows 10?
To enable Ubuntu on Windows 10, you should be using at least Windows build 1709. Then you should enable Windows Subsystem for Linux from the Windows Features interface. Now you can download and install Ubuntu from Microsoft Store.
Can Ubuntu be installed on a virtual machine?
Yes, Ubuntu can be installed on a virtual machine. A virtual machine (VM) allows you to run an operating system within another operating system. This means that you can install Ubuntu on a virtual machine and run it on top of your current operating system, without the need to replace it or partition your hard drive. To install Ubuntu on VMWare, you can refer to our article: How to create VM and install a Linux distro on VMWare Workstation