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Topic # 67634 5-Sep-2010 07:25
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Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) has been unsupported since April.

is it unsafe / insecure to use?




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  Reply # 376870 5-Sep-2010 13:55
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Being 'unsupported' just means that Canonical won't roll out updates for that version, and so (IIRC) updates for intrepid won't be in the ubuntu.com archives anymore.
But you should be safe, though you'll miss critical updates, if any.
Which (IMHO) is not a problem, as Linux in general is fairly secure anyway.
(I have a copy of Damn Small Linux from 2008 which is still safe)
If you're really worried, get a CD from someone :D



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  Reply # 376910 5-Sep-2010 16:09
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Cool, I don't want to upgrade as it took me ages to get it running just right.




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  Reply # 376994 5-Sep-2010 21:03
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Chris' answer is correct. You should worry if you were running a network server, but for a desktop is not such a big deal if you follow some security best practices like running only the necessary services and using a firewall.

Notice that you'll have problem to install new software as official repos will be eventually discontinued. You may evaluate upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04.01 LTS, as LTS versions have a wider span of support



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  Reply # 379166 13-Sep-2010 00:53
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Might want to keep your web browser and email client fully patched too...



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  Reply # 379218 13-Sep-2010 09:42
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Because I wanted to run something potentially risky I upgraded to 9.04 and then 9.10 which I am happy with.




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  Reply # 379485 13-Sep-2010 22:59
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FYI 10.04 is also a LTS release, which means it's supported for 3 years

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  Reply # 379506 14-Sep-2010 07:21
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I would strongly urge you to upgrade to a later version. My suggestion would be 9.10.




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