Ubuntu – How to decide what version of Ubuntu to install

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This question is here just to avoid you choosing the wrong Ubuntu version number.

So, this is not about:

  1. Which flavour of Ubuntu to choose?
  2. nor about choosing the Server or Desktop version…
  3. nor Which desktop environment should I install?
  4. nor Which Ubuntu is best for my hardware?
  5. nor What is the difference between LTS and normal releases?
  6. nor What is the meaning of version numbers?.

So in the answer below a simple guide as to what Ubuntu version is good for you, independent of future releases!

Best Answer

  • To help you choose the right version of Ubuntu, just head to the Official Ubuntu current releases site.

    If you want the most current stable version of Ubuntu and don't like problems just start reading from the top of the list and stop when you see the first LTS (Long Term Support) version and download and install that.

    If you're a bit of an Ubuntu hobbyist or like upgrading often (at least once/year, more if you can) just start reading from the top of the list and stop when you see the first version and download that.

    If you're a pioneer and want to help advancing the human race just start reading from the top of the list and stop when you see the first version that says future (Warning: you might want to install this version in dual-boot with a stable version)

    So, please don't install "Dapper Drake" or "Utopic Unicorn" just because their names sound cool!