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EOL Notice: Vivid Vervet (15.04) is now EOL as of February 4, 2016

Note that Ubuntu Phone devices are still running on a Vivid derivative, and will likely continue to do so until the details of the GCC 5 migration are settled. So questions related to those devices ...
17 votes

A note on flagging end of life questions

Good reminder, Mark. The question in question here however ended up in the review queue because somebody directly close-voted it as: off-topic → This describes a problem that can't be reproduced ...
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How should we handle new and future questions about Ubuntu Touch?

This is my opinion, and not a statement of policy as a member of the moderator team. I believe that we should treat new and future Ubuntu Touch questions as we would End of Life release questions, or ...
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EOL Notice: Wily Werewolf (15.10) is now End of Life (as of July 28, 2016) (Enforcement starts July 29)

For those who would rather not upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 for whatever reason such as a lack of support for AMD's old fglrx driver, note that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will still be officially supported until ...
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Errors while upgrading from a EOL release -- should the question be closed?

People trying to scramble onto a supported release should be given all the help we can muster. We shouldn't be closing them (as OT-EOL) The parenthesis there is just to indicate that they could still ...
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Is Ubuntu 14.04 off-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

You're right that the Ubuntu wiki uses the term "End of Life" in a way that supports your argument, i.e. it says that Ubuntu 14.04 will be EOL in April 2022. Disconcertingly, the mobile ...
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What to do for questions on upgrading from EOL releases

This is a common dupe: How to install software or upgrade from an old unsupported release? Closing it is the right thing to do. The answer in the master question adds old-releases.ubuntu.com, which ...
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EOL Notice: Wily Werewolf (15.10) is now End of Life (as of July 28, 2016) (Enforcement starts July 29)

Not all questions tagged with an out of support version are off-topic as some of these are not version specific. I recall occasions where the OP tags the question with the version they are using ...
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Close voters: we have a Reason for that (EoL posts are not necessarily duplicates)

Unless I am missing an essential part I have to disagree with @Zanna in this special case. The "original" question is not only about upgrading but also about problems to install software within the ...
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Can we do away with, "We don't support EOL distributions" when it is tangential and completely and utterly unrelated to the question?

It does occasionally matter though... Even if it doesn't in this case. The people initially involved in the question might not know or appreciate the finer details of what's going on. Networking ...
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Methods for combating EOL questions

Your points here ignore the simple fact that not all questions about EOL releases are automatically off-topic so any system that attempts to look at tags needs to be intelligent enough to work out ...
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7 votes
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EOL Notice: Utopic (14.10) has now reached End of Life

Today, July 23, 2015, is the day that 14.10 Utopic reached End of Life. While this means new questions (stressing the new) about 14.10 are off topic, older questions (both answered and unanswered) ...
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Dealing with past-EOL release questions

According to What topics can I ask about here? in the Ask Ubuntu Help Center questions you should avoid asking at Ask Ubuntu include: Support for versions for Ubuntu releases past their "End of ...
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Should we make an exception to our general end-of-life policy for the 18.04 release?

I don't think we should make an exception. Here's why: It's a hassle. If Canonical is no longer supporting 18.04, those systems won't get updates, and downloading packages will be harder, as the ...
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There are questions being closed as EOL when they are still supported

The problem with such an exhaustive tooltip is your work is never done: New releases need to be added. I know it's not a daily task but that also means this tooltip is going to grow. It won't be long ...
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EOL Notice: Vivid Vervet (15.04) is now EOL as of February 4, 2016

As of February 4, 2016, Vivid Vervet 15.04 is now End of Life. New questions regarding Vivid, with the exception of the items listed below, are now offtopic. The following are exceptions to this: ...
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4 votes

How should we handle new and future questions about Ubuntu Touch?

I'm a UBports contributor, so i might be biased, but i think it would be great if new questions about Ubuntu Touch could still be accepted. Yes, Canonical is no longer maintaining Ubuntu Touch, but it'...
3 votes

A note on flagging end of life questions

So, I was mailed about this. I'm not happy. In fact, I knew it wasn't anything good. I was the one that voted to close that question as not reproducible, and I would do it again. The question has ...
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How do we differentiate between 12.04 and 12.04.5?

Point releases don't usually need to be differentiated. 12.04 is not end-of-life (or off-topic) in the usual sense. On the one hand, someone having problems installing from, or working in the live ...
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Is Ubuntu 14.04 off-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

Just to help visualizing the issue at hand, I include this helpful illustration from the Ubuntu release-cycle page:
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Is Ubuntu 14.04 off-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

14.04 has gone End of Life for the purposes of Community Support, which makes most questions about it (other than how to upgrade to a newer release) offtopic here on Ask Ubuntu. ESM is generally a ...
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