Canonical announced today that it has released an updated Ubuntu Advantage (UA) client for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that provides users a more efficient and consistent way to access Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure services.

Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage client is a command-line client pre-installed on all Ubuntu Linux releases that works via single-token access to allow users to access Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure services, such as Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and Kernel Livepatch, which include patches for high and critical security vulnerabilities.

"The UA client for ‘Trusty Tahr’ enables easy access to Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and Kernel Livepatch (requires HWE kernel). ESM provides fixes for high and critical CVEs for the most commonly used server packages in the Ubuntu main archive, and Livepatch permits users to apply critical kernel patches without rebooting," said Canonical.

The new updated Ubuntu Advantage is currently available only for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM users, who can use it by simply running the "ua" command (without quotes) in the Terminal app to quickly get started with key security and compliance services, as well as all related tools. Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage services are available for free for up to three machines.

Coming soon to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Canonical recommends all existing Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure customers to update to the new client as soon as possible if they want to take advantage of a more streamlined experience. To get started with the Ubuntu Advantage, please visit ubuntu.com/advantage.

Canonical has confirmed that the updated Ubuntu Advantage client is also coming soon to users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating systems, which will be supported by Canonical with software and security updates until April 2021 and April 2023 respectively.