Lets hold on for a second with destroying old questions. Doing anything in mass always has me a bit concerned.
What I'd like to propose instead is do the following:
All questions still open with those releases be closed as off-topic with a similar comment of:
This release of Ubuntu is no longer supported and is now End Of Life (EOL).
With links to ...
"Running fine" is hard to swallow given everybody who asks a question has a problem.
We should close EOL questions because as a community of both Ubuntu users and internet denizens, we should want people to stop using unsupported software.
Many years ago I... Well let's just say I had more than a passing interest in computer security. Something that I saw ...
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 or development of apps for those devices should still be considered on topic despite the end of life notice.
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 come end of 2017 consider it unsupported anymore, for the same reason.
As with anything that goes End of Life and End of Support (such as Ubuntu Releases ...
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 that seemingly went away on its own or was only relevant to a very specific period of time. It's off-topic as it's unlikely to help future readers.
I won't ...
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 April 2019, according to this.
Ubuntu 16.04 does have advantages over 14.04, such as an updated Linux kernel that provides better hardware support. The wireless ...
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 be closed for other legitimate reasons. They might be an exact duplicate of an existing problem, or the quality might be far too low (and it slipped through ...
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 contains the archive of all the old releases, so anyone on an old release has a way to move up to a supported release, so it's all good.
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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 without realizing that the answer is the same for numerous versions (one or more of which may still be supported) Example Question: How can I see how my drives are ...
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 EOL release. And Aditya's answer talks exactly about this.
I recently have seen several questions with the "cannot install/update" problem in EOL releases. IMO ...
If as far as you know the OP is using a supported release, don't flag as off-topic.
One possible way to interpret our policy is that it's about what release the user is running, and not how they are using it or what software they are using on it. In that case, questions about the common subset of desktop and server software would still be off-topic, once it ...
Yeah, I think that's fine. You've done what I would.
And I think this is preferred (opposed to closing OT and telling them about the duplicate) because the system handles the duplicate in a different way. It should serve to better push people from Google et al to the right place.
Today, January 27, 2014, is the day that 13.04 Raring reached End of Life.
While this means new questions (stressing the new) about 13.04 are off topic, older questions (both answered and unanswered) that were around before the EOL date should not be closed or deleted.
This is done here with the consensus of the moderators which is that the primary reason ...
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 what's actually being asked.
That —err— automatically rules out anything fully-automated.
The review queue idea isn't necessarily bad. I doubt SE would want to ...
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) that were around before the EOL date should not be closed or deleted.
This is done here with the consensus of the moderators which is that the primary reason for ...
Taking a snippet directly from the FAQ
Ask Ubuntu is a questions and answers site for Ubuntu-related questions. It's also a place to share knowledge about Ubuntu.
Please follow the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, Ubuntu Leadership Code of Conduct, and this FAQ when participating in this community.
We welcome questions about:
Using and administering Ubuntu, ...
Taking a page from the Ubuntu IRC stuff, and also taking a page from Bug Squad policies:
I think we should close these types of questions. Questions regarding EOL releases get ignored in the IRC, and get said "You should upgrade" messages in response. Similarly in Bug Squad, we either invalidate or mark as "incomplete" the bugs that are filed against EOL ...
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 before it's longer than the actual close text.
We need to work out what's actually on-topic. Even after we get onto a standard Ubuntu LTS, some spins have ...
I'd say, if the question is regarding a package with 5yr support (server related things in 10.04), then it's on-topic even if the user is running 10.04 Desktop. Just because there's no such thing as a "server edition" in my opinion as an "edition" is simply a preselected set of packages.
The user may be running an unsupported 10.04 Unity on top of a server, ...
This "End of Life" issue is confusing the end-users.
On one hand, the Releases on Ubuntu Wiki mentioned the term "End of Standard Support" and "End of Life". On the other hand, the Ubuntu release cycle on Ubuntu.com mentioned "five-year public support" or "subscribe to ESM". Then, searching on Ubuntu.com will lead to the Releases on Ubuntu Wiki (again), and ...
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's still very much alive in the community, and there's no reason that should change any time soon. ;)
Ubuntu is not only about Canonical, so I think the policy ...
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:
Ubuntu Touch Vivid - There is an Overlay PPA that will provide updates for Ubuntu Touch until Xenial 16.04's release.
Ubuntu Vivid Kernel in Trusty (linux-...
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 been asked 3 years ago, it isn't viewed by anyone (which is a metric some people love to use), and the answer is another regurgitation of "buy a better system or ...
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 environment of, non-point-release media (or media from earlier than the current point release) should be referred to the point release ISOs, which contain ...