This will be enforced starting on April 28, 2017.
This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that have reached End of Life.
The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as of April 28, 2017:
- Precise Pangolin (12.04)
New questions specific to the above posted after the aforementioned date may need to be considered off-topic. Old questions (posted before the end of life date) that are still being answered regarding these releases should have a comment included on them about upgrading to a supported release to continue to get support for their versions of Ubuntu.
This information can be confirmed via the 12.04 End of Life Announcement email message stating the official End Of Life date, establishing April 28th, 2017 as the EOL date for Precise.
Please upgrade to a supported release to continue to receive support via Ask Ubuntu and Ubuntu Security updates.
It should be noted that there is a Precise Pangolin Extended Security Maintenance program that is part of the Ubuntu Advantage system. That is, you can get continued Precise support from Canonical, in so much as you are getting extended time for Security updates.
While this is a service made available by Canonical, provided you purchase an Ubuntu Advantage subscription, it does not make Precise Pangolin (12.04) questions after the EOL date on topic here on Ask Ubuntu.
Exceptions to this include:
ESM queries like "What is the Extended Security Maintenance" or "How do I get the Extended Security Maintenance", although we probably will have canonical questions for these at some point
Questions about upgrading from 12.04 to a supported release.
All other questions regarding Precise are probably off-topic after the aforementioned date.
This Meta thread is NOT a discussion of how we handle EOL releases. This is simply a notification to all about an upcoming "End of Life" date for a current release of Ubuntu (as of this posting being made). Please refrain from asking in comments about how we handle EOL questions, or commenting on such handling policies.
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