Question about Ubuntu 12.04 HWE EOL notification

I have several Ubuntu 12.04LTS x64 droplets that are prompting me to install a newer HWE version or upgrade to 14.04LTS. Considering that DO manages kernel updates, does this really apply? Or do I need to take one of the recommended actions that are listed here:

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I’m having the same problem. I’m about to open a ticket.

[Update] I had a doubt and I didn’t open a ticket, instead I did a bit of digging.

To make a long story short I deleted /var/lib/update-notifier/hwe-eol to force update-motd to update the file.

Hi, my current systems need to be on 12.04. I’ve ran the command as follows:

sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-trusty linux-image-generic-lts-trusty

I then stopped the droplet and selected a 14.04 kernel, however am still receiving the update advisory message when logging in via ssh even though a uname -r shows 3.13.0-30-generic

Wondering if all is well and the MOTD is just hanging around? Or what? Any advice appreciated.

You can upgrade to 14.04, but you don’t need to. 12.04 is still supported, but you will only get security upgrades (you will not receive new software versions). You can run sudo do-release-upgrade to upgrade your droplet (make sure update-manager-core is installed: sudo apt-get install update-manager-core).

Once you’ve upgraded your droplet, you can power off your droplet (sudo poweroff), set your droplet’s kernel to the latest 14.04 kernel, boot it up from the control panel, and run sudo apt-get install linux-image-$(uname -r) to finish installing the kernel.