Ubuntu will target cloud computing with October release

Ubuntu will target cloud computing with October release, company CEO says.

Ubuntu Linux Founder,  Mark Shuttleworth

Ubuntu Linux Founder, Mark Shuttleworth

Support for cloud computing will be a major feature of the October release of Ubuntu, the Linux distribution maintained by Canonical, company CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced in an e-mail to the Ubuntu developers mailing list on Friday.

The server version of Ubuntu 9.10, nicknamed "Karmic Koala," will include support for EC2, the cloud computing service run by Amazon Web Services, and a portfolio of standard Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) to make it easier for applications running in the cloud to collaborate with one another by using similar configurations, Shuttleworth wrote.

Amazon's EC2 also supports Windows Server 2003, OpenSolaris and a number of other Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Oracle Enterprise Linux.

Microsoft plans its own hosted cloud computing service, Azure, set to open for business later this year. Ubuntu, though, could make the market much tougher for Microsoft by helping other competitors to spring up, or letting businesses do it themselves.

Beyond support for Amazon's EC2, Kosmic Koala will incorporate Eucalyptus, an open-source tool allowing enterprises to create EC2-style computing clouds in their own data centers. It will also offer better management of data center energy consumption, allowing server instances to sleep when there is no work to be done, and to quickly resume when workload increases, dynamically changing resource installations according to need, Shuttleworth wrote.

Canonical releases two updates to Ubuntu each year, in April and October, each with alliterative animal nicknames. Version 8.10, "Intrepid Ibex," released in October 2008, focused on simplifying the configuration of Internet connections and improving the user interface, especially for netbooks. The goal for "Jaunty Jackalope," scheduled for release in April as Ubuntu 9.04, is to shorten boot times, to 25 seconds on a netbook, and blur the line between desktop and web-hosted applications.

Koala will also feature desktop innovations: Shuttleworth wants to make it boot even faster than Jaunty on a netbook, and to make the boot and log-in screens more attractive. There will also be a new Netbook Edition of Ubuntu, designed to install on a greater variety of hardware and with the graphical user interface tuned for small screens, he said.

Before the coding begins in earnest, developers will be able to contribute to the software's design at the next Ubuntu Developer Summit, in Barcelona, May 25 to May 29.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags ubuntu

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Peter Sayer

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?