RunCloud Now Support Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

RunCloud Now Support Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Now you can deploy a RunCloud server running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (code named “Bionic Beaver”). It is the most recent Long Term Support (LTS) version that was released on April 26th, 2018.

What is LTS?

Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) versions are released every 2 years and are guaranteed to receive support for at least 5 years after release.

The previous LTS version, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, will stop receiving updates after April 2021. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will receive security fixes and critical updates until April 2023.

Ubuntu lifecycle end of life

The continuous updates of LTS versions provide a stable platform for your production applications. You can check out the Ubuntu release lifecycle at Ubuntu release end of life

What’s new for RunCloud server with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS?

Generally, an Ubuntu LTS contains only a few major changes for a server. You can refer to the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release notes for new features.

Linux kernel 4.15

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server’s Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.15. The new kernel version supports the latest hardware and peripherals from IBM, Intel, and others. It also includes patches to mitigate the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, and filesystem bug fixes, performance improvements, and support for very large amounts of memory.

No more PHP 5

A RunCloud server running on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS no longer supports PHP 5.x (5.5 and 5.6), and only supports PHP 7.0 and later (7.1, 7.2). If you haven’t upgraded already, there is no better time to migrate your web application to PHP 7 from PHP 5.x.

PHP support versions

PHP 5.5 has officially been end-of-life and not been supported at all (not even receiving security fixes) since 2016. As the final PHP 5 release, PHP 5.6 support has been extended for an additional 4 months until the end of 2018.

PHP 7.1 and 7.2 are now the only two current PHP versions receiving active support. PHP 7.2 will receive security fixes until the end of 2020.

The longer support period is not the only reason to switch up PHP version, as has been widely reported, PHP 7.x also has far superior performance than PHP 5.x.

WordPress PHP benchmarks

Kinsta PHP benchmark tests show that WordPress with PHP 7.2 can handle almost 3x more requests per second than WordPress with PHP 5.6. PHP 7.2 is also the top performance in 14 out of 20 platforms/configurations performance tests.

Conclusion

RunCloud customers can now deploy servers with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. All web applications will work seamlessly as long as they support PHP 7. Older web applications that still require PHP 5 can continue to be deployed on RunCloud servers using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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7 responses to “RunCloud Now Support Ubuntu 18.04 LTS”

  1. David says:

    Awesome news, looking forward to trying out 18.04!

  2. Karl F says:

    Doing this NOW!.

  3. Cim says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you guys are going to release a feature to let RunCloud upgrade our Ubuntu servers from 16 to 18? Also another question, if we upgrade from 16 to 18 manually, will RunCloud break?

  4. Nicolas says:

    Hi, when I connect by ssh to my server, I get:

    New release ‘18.04.1 LTS’ available.
    Run ‘do-release-upgrade’ to upgrade to it.

    Can we update without risk?

  5. Karl F says:

    Any updates on 18.04.1 LTS being safe to upgrade to?
    I just did.. and now runcloud keeps getting error.. 🙁

  6. Esteban G says:

    Hi,
    I would also like to know if upgrading from Ubuntu 16.04.3 x64 to 18.04 LTS will have any conflictions with RunCloud?

    Thanks.

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