A day after the world's most popular desktop Linux distro turned seven, Canonical announced a new support policy for its LTS releases, which are released every two years. Beginning with the release of Ubuntu 12.04 in April, 2012, Canonical will support LTS releases for desktops users for five years instead of the current three years.
In a statement issued yesterday, Canonical said that the decision to extend support for LTS releases for desktop users was taken in face of Ubuntu's growing popularity among enterprise users used to longer maintenance periods. Previously, only server LTS releases were supported for such a long duration. However, this announcement only applies to LTS releases, with standard releases continuing with the same eighteen-month support cycle that applies to them currently.