Wednesday, 1 April 2009

The Monkey Is Dead...

...So Long Live The Rabbit!

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Screenshot (002)
Goodbye Gutsy

On October 18th 2007 I got a taste of my second Ubuntu flavour, 7.10 'Gutsy Gibbon'. Now some 18 months and 2 upgrades later (8.04LTS Hardy Heron & 8.10 Intrepid Ibex) the impressive monkey will swing no more as it reaches its end of life on April 18th 2009.

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Screenshot (005)
Gutsy & Compiz

End of life (EOL) means that "Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 7.10", essentially bringing supported development and updates to an end. I would guess that most have moved on by now, but for those that have not the recommended upgrade path is through a series of steps (7.10 -> 8.04 -> 8.10 -> etc.). For further information CLICK HERE for the official Ubuntu news release.

Of course just a few days after the Gutsy Gibbon reaches its EOL we will be meeting the latest release of Ubuntu, 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope on the 23rd April 2008! So to share in the celebrations look out for 'release parties' in your area. Here in Ireland the release party will be on the 25th April and the days festivities are laid out on the Ubuntu Ireland website. So if you are about then come along and enjoy!

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