Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake Reaches End of Life

Apr 20, 2011

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS server release is nearing the end of its support life; Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu, and Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager, summarize what this milestone release meant to the Ubuntu project and community.

According the Ubuntu-announce mailing list announcement, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) after May 31. The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Server is via Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server.

"Ubuntu Server Edition 6.06 was the first release of Ubuntu that formally supported server workloads. Since then, Ubuntu Server has gone on to become the workhorse platform of organisations large and small, and the best way to get going with cloud computing on Amazon or Rackspace or your own private cloud," said Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu. "The community that helps us shape Ubuntu Server wants to bring the ease of use, clarity, precision and reliability that characterises Ubuntu to the system administrator and devops world. As the world becomes increasingly data-driven, Ubuntu Server will help people build out large-scale efficient infrastructures. I'd like to thank all of those who contributed to the maintenance of Ubuntu 6.06, as they established a track record of security and high quality updates to the platform which continues to serve us well, most recently with the release of Ubuntu Server Edition 10.04 LTS."

Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager, said, "Dapper Drake was a big milestone for Ubuntu back when it was released in 2006, and five years later we are still proud of it and how it served our users. Five years on we are more committed than ever to the widespread success and adoption of Free Software and we are excited about taking Ubuntu to more and more people around the world."

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