Dear Ubuntu users, the time has come to say goodbye to the Natty Narwhal release of the popular Ubuntu operating system, Ubuntu 11.04, as on October 28th it will reach end of life. 


Announced last year, on Thursday, April 28th, 2011, Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) was the first Ubuntu release to bring the powerful Unity desktop interface.

Ubuntu 11.04 was powered by Linux kernel, GNOME 2.32.1, X.Org 7.6, and XOrg Server 1.10.1. It was the first release to introduce the reinvented scrollbar, add the LibreOffice office suite, revamped Ubuntu Software Center, revamped Indicator Applet, built-in support for installing proprietary software, multiarch support, Ubuntu One Control Panel, and much more.

Today, September 17th, we are sorry to announce that starting with October 28th, Canonical will stop “feeding” its Ubuntu 11.04 operating system with security/critical fixes and software updates!

Those of you who still use the Natty Narwhal release and want to upgrade to a newer version, will have to choose to do it incremental via Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) first, and then upgrade again to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

Detailed instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at

On October 18th, Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) will become the 17th release of the Ubuntu operating system. Don’t forget to visit our website next Thursday, September 26th, for an in-depth article on the Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 (Quantal Quetzal) release, where we will unveil more of its new features.

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