Canonical expands app security coverage

Canonical offers a public beta of Ubuntu Pro, giving Ubuntu Linux users extensive maintenance and security compliance for software ranging from the Node.js runtime to Python 2 and Rust.

Security coverage will be extended for critical, high, and medium (CVE) common vulnerabilities and exposures to thousands of applications and toolchains, including Ansible, Apache Tomcat, Apache Zookeeper, Docker, Drupal, Node.js , Puppet, Python 2, Rust, and others. A 30-day free trial is available for enterprise customers. Ubuntu Pro is offered for data centers and desktops, with a free tier offered for personal and small-scale use.

The company said that since launching Ubuntu LTS with five years of free security for the core operating system, enterprise customers have asked it to cover more of the open source landscape under private commercial agreements. . These benefits are now available free of charge to anyone with a free personal Ubuntu Pro subscription. Ubuntu Pro can also be combined with 24/7 professional coverage for the Ubuntu operating system. Infrastructures such as Kubernetes and OpenStack can also be covered.

Initial application support includes over 30 upstream applications, including Kafka, Kubeflow, OpenJDK, PostgreSQL, and Vault. In the area of ​​security, Ubuntu Pro users can access FIPS 140-2 certified cryptographic packages required by all federal government agencies and organizations operating under compliance regimes such as FedRAMP and HIPAA.

Ubuntu Pro is available for every long-term support release of Ubuntu starting with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The standard Ubuntu Pro subscription covers security updates for all Ubuntu packages. Additionally, Canonical’s Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure subscription has been renamed to Ubuntu Pro (infra only) with no change in price or scope. The Infra-Only subscription covers the base operating system and private cloud components needed for large-scale bare metal deployments, while excluding broader application coverage.

Paid Ubuntu Pro plans are priced at $25 per year for a desktop or $500 per year for a server. On public clouds, Ubuntu Pro costs around 3.5% of the average underlying compute cost.

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