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Canonical’s Desktop Ubuntu releases are on a predictable schedule; the short-term releases are on a 6-month cycle, and every two years a Long Term Release (LTS) rolls out, which Canonical supports for three years with updates and maintenace. The LTS support cycle for Ubuntu Server, on the other hand, extends for five years, which makes a lot of sense in a corporate environment. Starting with Ubuntu 12.04, Canonical is aligning support for the desktop version with the server edition by extending it from three to five years. The idea--which is a good one--is to make it slightly more compelling and sensible for companies to run Ubuntu on their desktops along with their servers. The five-year... Read more...
Reports from a variety of sources indicate that the forthcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) will feature ARM architecture support as well as a variety of cloud features. At the Open Stack conference in Boston this week, Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical (which makes Ubuntu), gave a keynote wherein she teased details of the upcoming distro, which is due to launch this week--Thursday, October 13th, to be exact. This distribution of Ubuntu will run on the ARM architecture, although apparently it’s a little unpolished as of yet. Oneiric Ocelot will also feature OpenStack’s Diablo software and a cloud services tool called JuJu that automates starting up and shutting down cloud services on... Read more...
Microsoft discussed the upcoming changes to Windows 8's boot process at BUILD last week, but Matthew Garrett, a mobile Linux developer and blogger at Red Hat has pointed out that the company's new requirements could be used in ways that harm the Linux community. One of Microsoft's new rules for Windows 8 is that any company that ships a windows 8 device must enable UEFI secure boot. Secure boot uses signing keys to ensure that only verified, trusted hardware (and associated drivers) are allowed to boot the system or run once the system has booted. There are separate sets of keys for the boot process and OS/firmware communication. Garrett writes: An OS vendor cannot boot their software on a system... Read more...
It's one thing when Apple tips their hat to Microsoft by announcing that Bing is now a selectable search engine within the next iOS release, but when someone in the Linux world gives a hat tip to Apple, well, we all had to check and make sure the world below wasn't frozen over. Canonical's CEO Chris Kenyon recently had a discussion surrounding tablets and slate PCs, and this is one of the lines: "The devices world is a really exciting space right now and we're really bullish on it; hats off to the iPad team for doing what they did." There's no doubt that many people are crediting Apple to bringing mainstream attention to a form factor that failed years ago in most sectors, and now everyone seems... Read more...
Linux doesn't get nearly the attention or credit it deserves in the consumer realm. Most web servers run on Linux, and anyone who engages in secondary education in programming will undoubtedly spend some serious time within a Linux environment. Yet, out in the public realm, hardly any average consumer would understand how to get around within an Ubuntu setup, let alone something with a less user-friendly UI. Today, Canonical (makers of Ubuntu) revealed a new desktop environment called 'Unity' at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, which will be a desktop environment for Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition, released in October 2010. It's available today for developers building applications for the netbook environment,... Read more...
Well, well -- we suppose it was only a matter of time. Just about anyone who is anyone is diving head first into the cloud phenomenon (that includes Google, Panda, AMD and CherryPal to name a few), and thus, so will Ubuntu. What's likely the world's most well known flavor of Linux has decided to debut another varient: Ubuntu One. Canonical just got done releasing the next major update to the desktop flavor of the OS (Ubuntu 9.04), but obviously stopping there would just be too easy. Ubuntu One, in essence, is a cloud-based computer synchronization tool that reportedly enables users to "sync files between home and office, and to share files with others, all automatically and all over the web (or... Read more...
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