I have been using Ubuntu 18.04 for a few years. Used Unity DE initially but then moved to gnome and finally to Mate DE 1.20. But I had never installed Ubuntu Mate as a complete system so technically I may or may not be a ‘Ubuntu Mate 18.04’ user.
Have seen recent announcement reg EOL of Ubuntu Mate 18.04 after April 2021 (Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS reaches end of life - Announcements - Ubuntu MATE Community)
This has moved my Mate DE 1.20.1 to the unsupported category under Ubuntu 18.04…
That made me look up which other packages on my machine are out of support using command ‘ubuntu-support-status’.
The output of that command has thrown up quite a few surprises for me. Although I was generally aware that many packages on my machine may be unsupported to varying degrees, I now realize that what had clouded my vision was the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS five years support timeline. Unknown to me, many other apps (like audacity, hugin) had also moved to unsupported category possibly because I often relied on the Ubuntu store (and chose non-snap non-flatpak apps) and probably thought (wrongly – totally my problem) that I don’t need to worry too much about support of the apps from the store as long as the OS is supported. Clearly, I need to pay more attention to the support timelines of individual apps besides that of the base OS. That’s a learning for me.
Now, if my objective is to have as many apps as possible fully supported at any given time on my machine-
(1) Are there some good practices or strategies that can be used to select package sources (Store/snap/flatpak/appimage/PPAs)?
(2) How does one keep track of which product is going out of support when? Does it have to be done manually? Especially problematic are the library/foundation/runtime packages which pose an unsurmountable challenge of understanding and dependency to a very-mildly-technical person like me.
(3) Any specific suggestions regarding the EOL support for community supported apps on Ubuntu 18.04 after April 2021? I guess most users of 18.04 would be similarly affected? Good enough for publishing an article? I recall with pleasure so many instances where Its-Foss came out with just what end users like me needed. My decision to go with Mate DE was in fact based on one of such articles…