Canonical has announced the company plans to provide extended, commercial support for users of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS once the distribution reaches the end of its normal, five year support term. This will allow businesses to continue running Ubuntu 14.04 past the scheduled April 2019 cut-off date for security updates. The extended support term, called Extended Security Maintenance (ESM), will start in 2019: "Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - ESM will become available once Ubuntu 14.04 reaches its End of Life on April 30, 2019. ESM is a feature available as part of Canonical’s commercial support package: Ubuntu Advantage. ESM can also be purchased on a stand-alone basis." The length of the ESM and its cost were not included in the blog post.
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