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Ubuntu Pro?

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2024 6:33 pm
by Steve Goodey
Having updated my Mythbuntu system today there is a prompt to subscribe to Ubuntu Pro for further updates. A quick search gives "Ten years of security patches and support for Ubuntu LTS releases, and it's free for non-commercial use."

Anybody have any thoughts on this?

Thanks.

Re: Ubuntu Pro?

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2024 9:51 pm
by gedakc
Personally I haven't bothered with subscribing to Ubuntu Pro. I treat my PVR like an appliance, and when my appliances are working I prefer to leave them alone and not change/update them. In my case I have an intel based PVR running on Mythbuntu 14.04 and MythTV 0.27 which continues to work well for me.

If a person was also using the same computer for other tasks like surfing the web then having the computer more up-to-date would be more important.

I think that the most recent Ubuntu LTS is still supposed to be fully covered for updates until the next LTS is released without needing an Ubuntu Pro subscription.

Re: Ubuntu Pro?

Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2024 10:11 pm
by caverndigger88
It depends on your level for security updates wanted. You get 5 free tokens for personal use.

Non Pro : Updates for Main/Restricted for 5 Years
Pro : Updates for Main/Restricted and Universe/Multiverse for 10 Years

A good example is "ntp" from two different machines on 20.04 which is still under the "5" year support level. "ntp" is in focal/universe .

Non Pro:
apt-cache policy ntp|grep Candidate
Candidate: 1:4.2.8p12+dfsg-3ubuntu4.20.04.1

Pro:
apt-cache policy ntp|grep Candidate
Candidate: 1:4.2.8p12+dfsg-3ubuntu4.20.04.1+esm1

See below out from two different machines on 20.04..
pro security-status

Non Pro:
This machine is receiving security patching for Ubuntu Main/Restricted repository until 2025.
This machine is NOT attached to an Ubuntu Pro subscription.
Ubuntu Pro with 'esm-infra' enabled provides security updates for Main/Restricted packages until 2030.
Ubuntu Pro with 'esm-apps' enabled provides security updates for Universe/Multiverse packages until 2030. There are 7 pending security updates.

Pro:
This machine is attached to an Ubuntu Pro subscription.
Main/Restricted packages are receiving security updates from Ubuntu Pro with 'esm-infra' enabled until 2030.
Universe/Multiverse packages are receiving security updates from Ubuntu Pro with 'esm-apps' enabled until 2030.
You have received 48 security updates.