Canonical Offers 12-Year LTS for Open Source Docker Images

Jun 26, 2024

Canonical is expanding its LTS offering to reach beyond the DEB packages with a new distro-less Docker image.

"Everything LTS" seems to be the new mantra coming out of Canonical and the latest news clearly supports that. Along those lines, Canonical is now offering a new design-and-build service that includes 12 years of security maintenance, whether or not the software is already packaged within Ubuntu.

According to Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, Everything LTS means CVE maintenance for your entire open source dependency tree, including open source that is not already packaged as a deb in Ubuntu.”

Shuttleworth adds, “We deliver distro-less or Ubuntu-based Docker images to your spec, which we will support on RHEL, VMware, Ubuntu, or major public cloud K8s. Our enterprise and ISV customers can now count on Canonical to meet regulatory maintenance requirements with any open source stack, no matter how large or complex, wherever they want to deploy it.”

This move further expands Ubuntu Pro with thousands of new components, including AI/ML tools for machine learning, training, and inference. The CVE security maintenance on these components helps to facilitate compliance with baselines such as FIPS, FedRAMP, the EU Cyber Resilience Act, FCC US Cyber Trust Mark, and DISA-STIG.

If you already have a Ubuntu Pro subscription, you'll have the right to run unlimited "Everything LTS" containers.

You can learn more about this new offering in this official Canonical announcement.


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