First off, we’d like to remind you that the Linux 4.0 kernel released a year and a half ago brought with it a new functionality that would allow users to patch/update their kernel packages without restarting. The feature is called kernel live patching and, until today, no GNU/Linux distribution offered it, for free, to their users. It was only available in commercial offerings like SUSE Enterprise Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It makes sense to offer live kernel patching on large-scale operating system deployments, and that’s what Canonical is now doing as well for their customers. However, that’s about to change today, as the company behind the popular Ubuntu distribution is now offering kernel live patching for everyone, and it’s free for up to free of your personal computers.