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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS Planned For Release 1 March

Canonical announced that it plans to release the long-supported Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system on March 1, its fourth maintenance update. Originally scheduled for the other day, Canonical last month decided to postpone it because of Meltdown and Specter. Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS is based on the next HWE kernel from Ubuntu 17.10. It includes support for things like the new IBM z14 mainframe CPACF instructions and new KVM features.

Canonical is committed to providing five years of support for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS until April 2021. The operating system was released two years ago on April 21, 2016, and up to now, it has received three such maintenance updates. 

But if you installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS when it was first released (or you used the first point release image) you won’t get the HWE update automatically.

Instead, to install Linux Kernel 4.13 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, you need to opt-in

How? By running one single, simple command:

sudo apt install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-16.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-16.04

Let all updates complete fully and then restart your machine when prompted.


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