In April of last year, when Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin reached the end of its cycle, Canonical announced a new way for companies and corporate users to continue receiving security updates if they wanted to keep their system without upgrading to a new LTS.
The offer of new paid updates is called Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and had a great success in the field.
Now, five years after its release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS TrustyTahr is reaching the end of its life, on April 30, 2019 and, therefore, Canonical announced today plans to extend the ESM program to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS version for all those users who want to pay for support for five more years .
ESM has released more than 120 security updates
In just over a year since it was announced, the Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) program has provided more than 120 critical security updates to users who purchased the commercial package for Ubuntu 12.04 installations. Among the biggest updates we can mention Specter, Meltdown, SegmentSmack, FragmentSmack, Dirty Cow, Stack Clash, Foreshadow, Blueborne and GDPR.
Organizations interested in maintaining support for their Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installations can review Canonical's commercial support and contact the sales team to begin planning for support after the end of life on April 30, 2019. Extended Security Maintenance paid support begins May 2019.