Canonical have released Ubuntu 10.04’s final planned maintenance update, 10.04.4, paving the way for the start of Ubuntu 12.04’s Long Term Service. For fans of KDE, Kubuntu 10.04.4 has also been made available as part of this update.
“For the first time, this point release includes backported updated hardware support,” explained Kate Stewart in the announcement blog post, “in addition, numerous post-release updates have been integrated, and a number of bugs in the installation system have been corrected. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.”
Security updates and bug fixes will be available for another year on desktop versions of Ubuntu 10.04, and a further 3 years for the server edition as part of the Long Term Service plan. However, images and installable media will only include updates made to the operating system to date.
Canonical recommends installing 12.04 LTS on new systems once it’s released.