Can I use a newer version on hardware that is only certified with an older version

Created by Jeff Lane on
version hardware certified LTS

The version of Ubuntu shown when viewing the details of a Certification indicate the Ubuntu release the hardware was certified with. This means that the hardware is considered Certified and officially supported for the life of the release used for Certification.

In short, if a system is certified with 14.04 GA, it will be officially supported and certified until the 14.04 LTS family is EOL in April of 2019.

This does NOT imply that any NEWER versions of Ubuntu will not work. Quite the contrary, newer versions of Ubuntu should work well.

What this does mean is that a system may not be considered Certified for that newer release. For example, using the hypothetical system mentioned above, which was only certified for the 14.04 LTS series, that system should be able to run the 16.04 LTS series, but is not Certified for the 16.04 LTS series.

This means that there may not be official support for bug fixes and technical support if issues are encountered and it may be up to you to seek out support through community means such as AskUbuntu and the Ubuntu Forums.