25 Jan

Lubuntu 23.04 Reaches End-of-Life – Upgrade to 23.10 Now

Lubuntu 23.04 has reached end-of-life as of today, January 25, 2024. It will no longer receive software updates (including security fixes) or technical support. All users are urged to upgrade to Lubuntu 23.10 as soon as possible to stay secure. You can upgrade to Lubuntu 23.10 without reinstalling Lubuntu from scratch by following the official upgrade procedure. Alternatively, you can download Lubuntu 23.10 or Lubuntu 22.04 and do a clean installation if you prefer.

Nine months ago, on April 20th, 2023, Lubuntu 23.04 was released. It shipped a number of new features including an enabled-by-default X compositor (Picom), PipeWire, a new default screensaver, and the latest (at the time) version of LXQt. While the innovation and stability Lubuntu 23.04 provided served us well, it is now time to move on. We are now focusing our support efforts on Lubuntu 23.10 and later, as well as on Lubuntu 22.04 LTS. Lubuntu 23.04 will no longer receive bug or security fixes from the Lubuntu team. Additionally, as the underlying Ubuntu 23.04 packages Lubuntu uses have reached end-of-life, Lubuntu 23.04 will no longer receive updates for any core applications, utilities, or OS components.

Lubuntu features two different types of releases – Long Term Support (LTS) releases and interim releases. Interim releases are supported for only nine months after release, and are primarily for users who are willing or able to upgrade or reinstall frequently in order to get the best that Lubuntu has to offer. Lubuntu 23.04 was an interim release, and is being dropped from Lubuntu support accordingly.

Note that users of Lubuntu 22.04 LTS do not have to take any action at this time. LTS releases are supported for three years from the date of release. We will continue to support Lubuntu 22.04 LTS until April 2025.

If you are still running Lubuntu 23.04, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to Lubuntu 23.10 as soon as possible. You can read about what’s new in Lubuntu 23.10 here. Alternatively, if you are unable to use Lubuntu 23.10, or if you would like to use our LTS releases and avoid frequent upgrades, you can install Lubuntu 22.04 from scratch and enjoy another year of updates and support before having to upgrade again.

Thank you to everyone who uses Lubuntu! If you have problems reinstalling or upgrading, feel free to ask for help via our official support channels. We’re happy to help users having upgrade problems even after Lubuntu 23.04’s end-of-life date. You can find a list of places to reach us by visiting our Links page. We can also be reached via IRC at #lubuntu on Libera.Chat.