Ubuntu Pro: More security for private users free of charge

The British Linux distributor Canonical has further expanded its Ubuntu Pro subscription model and now also offers private users extended protection and support extended to ten years for up to fifty systems free of charge. Ubuntu LTS serves as a stable foundation for the optional Ubuntu Pro subscription.

Ubuntu Pro costs for the foundation

Since last year, Canonical has been offering the Ubuntu Pro security extension as part of Ubuntu Advantage for companies, which gives them ten years of extended support for the free operating system and an expanded feature set. For the first time, Ubuntu Pro, which just left beta, is available to end users in its final form.

To use Ubuntu Pro, users must first have the additional requirements:

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS, 20.04 LTS, 22.04 LTS
  • An email address or an Ubuntu One account
  • An Ubuntu Pro Client version 27.11.2 or higher
  • Administrator rights (sudo) on the system

If the requirements are met, you can register up to funny systems quickly and easily for Ubuntu Pro, as a corresponding tutorial demonstrates.

Under the motoSame great operating system. More security updates.It is Ubuntu Pro specifically designed for CVEs and compliance management.


Following the process, Ubuntu Pro is active and provides the appropriate security extensions for the free operating system.

Ubuntu Pro can only be completed for the LTS versions of the distribution, the regular offshoots are not eligible.

vulnerability management

With the subscription model, which is now also free for end users, the security coverage and the supply of updates for critical, high and medium vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities (CVE) are extended after registration.

Ubuntu Pro includes thousands of applications, tools and runtime environments such as Docker, Drupal, PowerDNS, Python 2 and WordPress. The Ubuntu Security Guide (USG) is also available for compliance management.

FIPS encryption included

Federal Information Processing Standard Publication (FIPS) 140-2 encryption, a US government computer security standard used to authorize a cryptographic module, is also available by subscribing to Ubuntu Pro.

Users who have a free membership in the Ubuntu community also get extended support for up to 50 systems as well as access to Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and kernel live patching.

For companies, the paid version of Ubuntu Pro offers optional technical support for the 23,000 additional software packages from the Ubuntu repository in addition to the extended support of ten years and the resulting extended security coverage Universe.

Ubuntu Pro is different from the previous version
Ubuntu Pro runs completely uninterrupted (Image: Canonical)

Enterprise customers have to pay $25 per year per workstation or $500 per year per Canonical company server. The subscription for up to 50 systems is free for private customers.

More information is available from the official website and the introductory video, which IS as of the public beta, which has now concluded.


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