How to get a free Ubuntu Pro subscription

For anyone who wishes to prolong the duration of security updates on their Ubuntu PCs to up to 10 years and also access premium tools, Canonical today unveiled a free tier of its Ubuntu Pro commercial service.

How to get a free Ubuntu Pro subscription?

a. Create an Ubuntu One account

If you do not already have an Ubuntu One account, create one 1 – Ubuntu One is the single account you use to log in to all services and sites related to Ubuntu, including Ubuntu Pro which is free of charge for personal use on up to 5 machines.

b. Confirm the email address

Simply click the link provided in the email.

c. Retrieve the token

You will be automatically redirected to your Ubuntu Pro dashboard (ubuntu.com/pro 2); an additional google captcha confirmation step might be required.

Your Ubuntu Pro token will be listed under ‘Free Personal Token’

Now that we have our Ubuntu Pro token, we can attach it to our Ubuntu instance. Open the terminal on your Ubuntu LTS, and type the following command:

$ sudo pro attach [YOUR_TOKEN]

You should see some of the Ubuntu Pro services – Expanded Security Maintenance for Infrastructure (esm-infra), and Livepatch – automatically enabling, while others will remain disabled until you switch them on:

$ sudo pro attach [YOUR_TOKEN]
Enabling default service esm-infra
Updating package lists
Ubuntu Pro: ESM Infra enabled
Enabling default service livepatch
Canonical livepatch enabled.
Unable to determine current instance-id
This machine is now attached to 'Ubuntu Pro - free personal subscription'

SERVICE          ENTITLED  STATUS    DESCRIPTION
esm-infra        yes       enabled   Expanded Security Maintenance for Infrastructure
fips             yes       disabled  NIST-certified core packages
fips-updates     yes       disabled  NIST-certified core packages with priority security updates
livepatch        yes       enabled   Canonical Livepatch service
usg              yes       disabled  Security compliance and audit tools

NOTICES
Operation in progress: pro attach

Enable services with: pro enable <service>

     Account: [YOUR_EMAIL]
Subscription: Ubuntu Pro - free personal subscription

Note: This output will depend on your Ubuntu LTS version; for instance fips, fips-updates and usg are not yet available on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

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