Canonical has announced two years of additional support for Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04. This will make both versions available for ten years before users need to switch to something more recent.
Canonical has announced the lifecycle extension of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ and 16.04 LTS ‘Xenial Xerus’ to a total of ten years. Organizations may better manage their infrastructure upgrade expenses by extending the lifespan of their upgrade plans.
Canonical’s security updates and kernel livepatches are made available throughout Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS’s extended Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) period. The announcement would represent a significant opportunity for organizations currently planning their transition to new applications and technologies.
Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities
Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and kernel Livepatching would provide the necessary foundations for continuous vulnerability management. The Extended Security Maintenance program guarantees that the Ubuntu operating system receives security upgrades, and the Livepatch service would lower the amount of unexpected work caused by Linux kernel vulnerabilities, making it easier for organizations to manage Ubuntu servers.
“With the prolonged lifecycle of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 LTS, we’re entering a new page in our commitment to enabling enterprise environments,” said Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, Product Manager at Canonical. “Each industry sector has its own deployment lifecycle and adopts technology at a different pace. We are bringing an operating system lifecycle that lets organizations manage their infrastructure on their terms.”