Canonical to offer free-tier personal Ubuntu Pro subscriptions

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Canonical to offer free-tier personal Ubuntu Pro subscriptions

Users will be able to get free subscriptions to the Ubutun Pro security coverage for the popular Linux distribution, providing a ten years' worth of security updates for operating system and 23,300 packages.

Ubuntu Pro is currently in public beta and is avaliable for every version of the open source OS, from the Long Term Support (LTS) version 16.04.

Beyond the operating system itself, Ubuntu parent company Canonical said it would provide updates for thousands of popular applications and frameworks.

These include Ansible, Apache Tomcat, Apache Zookeeper, Docker, Drupal, Nagios, Node.js, phpMyAdmin, Puppet, PowerDNS, Python 2, Redis, Rust, WordPress among others.

Canonical will provide security updates covering critical, high and medium Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures rated bugs.

Up to five machines for personal and small-scale commercial use are covered, and users can opt to receive and apply the security updates automatically.

Canonical's Livepatch application which allows users to apply security patches to the Linux kernel without the need to immediately reboot, is also included in the free Ubuntu Pro subscription.

Enterprise users are charged US$25 per year for workstations, and US$500 per annum for servers for Ubuntu Pro.

On public clouds, Canonical charges 3.5 per cent of the average underlying compute cost for Ubuntu Pro.


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