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LTS Enablement Stacks

The Ubuntu LTS enablement stacks provide newer kernel and X support for existing Ubuntu LTS releases. These enablement stacks can be installed manually but are also available when installing with Ubuntu LTS point release media. These newer enablement stacks are meant for desktop and server and even recommended for cloud or virtual images. However, if one wants to remain on the original GA stacks, the options are:

  • Install from a previous 12.04.0/12.04.1/14.04.0/14.04.1 point release and update. Previous releases are archived at http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/

  • Perform an update or upgrade to an LTS release from a previous release.
  • Perform a network install using the netboot images rather than the new <release>-netboot images.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS - Xenial Xerus

The 16.04.2 and newer point releases will ship with an updated kernel and X stack by default for the desktop. Server installations will default to the GA kernel and provide the enablement kernel as optional.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - Trusty Tahr

The 14.04.2 and newer point releases will ship with an updated kernel and X stack by default. If you have installed with older media you can use the following to install the newer HWE kernel derived from 15.10 (Wily):

Desktop

 sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-wily xserver-xorg-core-lts-wily xserver-xorg-lts-wily xserver-xorg-video-all-lts-wily xserver-xorg-input-all-lts-wily libwayland-egl1-mesa-lts-wily 

Multiarch Desktop

If you run a multiarch desktop (for example, i386 and amd64 on amd64, for gaming or Wine), you may find you need a slightly more involved command, like this:

 sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-wily xserver-xorg-core-lts-wily xserver-xorg-lts-wily xserver-xorg-video-all-lts-wily xserver-xorg-input-all-lts-wily libwayland-egl1-mesa-lts-wily libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-wily libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-wily:i386 libglapi-mesa-lts-wily:i386 

Server

Install a HWE kernel derived from 15.10 (wily):

 sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-wily 

Install an early preview of the HWE kernel derived from 16.04 (xenial):

 sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-xenial 

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Precise Pangolin

The 12.04.2 and newer point releases will ship with an updated kernel and X stack by default. The current and supported hardware enablement stack is comprised of the newer kernel and X stacks from 14.04 (Trusty).

Anyone wishing to opt into the hardware enablement stack for Precise may do so running the following commands:

Desktop

 sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-trusty xserver-xorg-lts-trusty libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-trusty

Server

 sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-trusty 

Check your support status

If you want a tool to determine if your install is still supported please use hwe-supoprt-status as documented on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/1204_HWE_EOL

 hwe-support-status --verbose 

Below contains additional specifics regarding the exact policies and procedures regarding the support, maintenance, and upgrade paths for these hardware enablement stacks.

Ubuntu Kernel Release Schedule

The following is a generic view of the Ubuntu release schedule, the kernels delivered, and the support time frames. 12.04, 14.04, and 16.04 will each deliver point release updates respectively (ie. 12.04.x, 14.04.x, 16.04.x) and eventually introduce newer hardware enablement kernels. Please refer to the 12.04.x, 14.04.x, and 16.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support diagrams in the corresponding sections below for more details.

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12.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support

This is a distilled view of our 12.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support Schedule.

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14.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support

This is a distilled view of our 14.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support Schedule.

14.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support Schedule.svg Download 14.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support Schedule Graphic

16.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support

This is a distilled view of our 16.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support Schedule.

16.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support Schedule.svg Download 16.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support Schedule Graphic

Ubuntu Kernel Support

This is a combined view of the diagrams from above (ie the Ubuntu Kernel Release Schedule combined with the Distilled 12.04.x, 14.04.x, and 16.04.x Ubuntu Kernel Support diagrams)

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LTS Kernel Support Schedule

A more detailed view of our LTS Kernel Support Schedule. This includes views for 12.04.x, 14.04.x, 16.04.x as well as upstream stable commitments.

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