Last October, Canonical He launched a new normal cycle version of your operating system. The company that runs Mark Shuttleworth launches an LTS version every two years in April that is supported for 5 years, 3 some of its flavors, while the rest are supported for 9 months, which is the six until the next version plus three of margin to update. Those 9 months will arrive next Thursday for Ubuntu 20.10.
Starting this Thursday, July 22, Groovy Gorilla will no longer receive updates, so it's a good time to jump into the Hirsute Hippo which was released in April of this year. With "the cool gorilla" a normal cycle release, there isn't much debate here as to what to upgrade to. Ubuntu 21.04 It is not an LTS version either, but it will be supported for another six months.
Ubuntu 20.10 will be EOL on Thursday 22
The gorilla of Ubuntu 20.10 came with news such as GNOME 3.38, Shell in which Hirsute Hippo is maintained, Linux 5.8 and official and certified support for the Raspberry Pi. On the other hand, Ubuntu 21.04 I arrive with Wayland by default, Linux 5.11 and continued with GNOME 3.38, but the applications did make the jump to GNOME 40. Canonical wanted to give more time to the new environment and to GTK4. On paper it doesn't seem like a big update, but is the only one available at the moment for those who do not want to be left without support.
It should be remembered that although Canonical is directly in charge of the version with the GNOME graphical environment, its seven official flavors, which are Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Studio and Ubuntu Kylin, will also stop receiving support next Thursday, so they must update as well. If the operating system does not offer the option on its own, you can open a terminal and type this command:
sudo do-release-upgrade -c
Once written, follow the instructions on the screen. There are still three days left, but we have to do it now.