404 errors when I try to update Ubuntu

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I'm getting several 404 errors when I try to update with sudo apt-get update and when I try download packages for Ubuntu 16.10. What's going on?

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This is occurring because you're running an Ubuntu distribution that has passed its end of life date and is no longer supported.

In general, Long Term Support (LTS) distributions have 5 year life cycles, while other releases have 9 month life cycles. You can get more details on these cycles here:

To fix this issue, you have a few options. You can update your distribution to the latest supported version with the command sudo apt-get dist-upgrade. While less secure and thus not recommended, you could also just stick with the most recent update to your distribution by following the instructions in the top answer here:


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