Canonical launches free Ubuntu Pro Personal subscription for up to 5 machines


Ubuntu Pro, an extended security maintenance and compliance subscription service, is now available in public beta for datacenters and workstations. Canonical will provide a free version for personal and small commercial use in line with the company's community commitment and mission to make open source more accessible to the public.

"While there has been free security coverage for major operating systems for five years since we first introduced Ubuntu LTS, our enterprise customers have asked us to cover an increasingly wide range of open source areas under private commercial agreements. Today, we are excited to offer everyone in the world a free Ubuntu Pro Personal subscription. "Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth said.

Ubuntu Pro extends security coverage of critical, advanced, and intermediate CVEs (common vulnerabilities and exposures) to thousands of applications and toolchains, including Ansible, Apache Tomcat, Apache Zookeeper, Docker, Drupal, Nagios, Node.js, phpMyAdmin, Puppet, PowerDNS, Python 2, Redis, Rust, WordPress, and more.