What is HWE and what do I do at the EOL?

Posted May 22, 2018 16.4k views
DigitalOceanUbuntu 16.04Ubuntu 18.04

I decided to upgrade my Ubuntu 16.04 droplet to Ubuntu 18.04. To do this, I first upgraded to 17.10. Once the upgrade to 18.04 from 17.10 completed and I logged into the server via SSH, I saw this in the welcome prompt:

Your Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE) is supported until April 2019.

Could someone tell me what this means and what to do when support ends?

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HWE is enablement stack for Ubuntu. It provides you newer kernel versions.

It could be that you’re running older HWE version. Upgrading HWE could resolve the problem.

The best way to learn more about this is to check [Ubuntu Wiki]( It also mentions the hwe-support-status command you can use to verify your upgrade path.

  • Thanks! For some reason, I don’t get the message anymore, and hwe-support-status --verbose replies with You are not running a system with a Hardware Enablement Stack. Your system is supported until April 2019. now. Any idea why?