The next version of Ubuntu LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, will be released later this month. A new version that will not only have Long Support but will also be the first LTS version that has Gnome 3 as the default desktop (previous versions had Gnome 2 and Unity).
Ubuntu 18.04 is a version that offers us surprises even knowing the beta versions of the version. One of these surprises is the inclusion of the LivePatch function in the Desktop version or version for desktop. A function that offers us the security that was until then in the server version and will now be in all versions of Ubuntu.
Livepatch is a function that allows us to update the Ubuntu kernel without having to restart the computer. This function was available for the server version since having the servers turned on is something that many system administrators who use Ubuntu look for.
Now LivePatch will be available on Ubuntu Desktop, through the Software and Updates application. In one of the tabs the Livepatch option will appear but for it to work we will need an Ubuntu One account. And this is where Canonical continues to maintain the business of this function, since it will only allow up to three computers registered with the same Ubuntu One account. In other words, each Ubuntu One account will enable Livepatch on three Ubuntu machines. If you want more computers we have to pay for the Advantage function of the Canonical Program, where the real deal is.
Livepatch was presented a few months ago and far from the business, the truth is that it is an interesting function because it will allow us to update the operating system without having to cut any important task such as downloading a large file or some maintenance task. Of course, it is not recommended to leave your computer on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Livepatch is a great feature and a great novelty for Ubuntu Desktop users, but something tells me that it won't be the only novelty Do not you think?