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Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak reaches the end of life

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Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak end of life

Canonical has officially cut the support for Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak). The distribution that was launched in October last year come to the end of its life on Thursday (July 20).

Being a short-lived Linux distribution, Ubuntu 16.10 received only nine months of official support. It introduced features like Juju 2.0 and VSphere support that enabled an enhanced cloud experience. Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth was keen on naming this release as Yakkety Yak.

The official announcement by software engineer Adam Conrad confirmed the end of life schedule in a mailing announcement.

“As a non-LTS release, 16.10 has a nine-month support cycle and as such, the support period is now nearing its end,” said Conrad.

Update advisable

Users of Ubuntu 16.10 are advised to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04. The non-supported distros soon become the target of attackers. Notably, Ubuntu 17.04 is a non-LTS distro as well. It will, however, receive all the updates till January 2018.