Canonical dresses Ubuntu 12.10 in garb fit for the cloud

Canonical dresses Ubuntu 12.10 in garb fit for the cloud

Summary: Ubuntu 12.10 comes with a host of cloud features due to its close relationship with OpenStack, though its dependence on a networking feature from recent VMware acquisition Nicira could prove troublesome.

TOPICS: Ubuntu, Cloud, Linux

The 12.10 release of Ubuntu has seen Canonical skew the Linux distribution toward a variety of young web technologies for developers eager to get ahead in the cloud.

Along with Juju support and the expansion of its metal-as-a-service bare metal provisioning tool to work for Calxeda servers, 12.10 also brings support for the latest 'Folsom' release of the open-source cloud platform OpenStack.

"Because OpenStack uses Ubuntu as a reference architecture, we can get features developed in OpenStack," Steve George, Canonical's vice president of communications and products, said.

As a result, Ubuntu 12.10 servers can be linked together to form an OpenStack-based infrastructure cloud.

The Folsom release brings with it Quantum networking, which "allows you to set up more complicated network topologies if deploying in an OpenStack environment", George said.

Much of Quantum's code has been contributed by software-defined networking company Nicira, which was acquired by VMware for $1.3bn in July.

When asked whether VMware's acquisition could shut off future code contributions from Nicira staffers, George said: "Will Quantum continue? We certainly believe it will, we wouldn't integrate if it we didn't, but we're certainly aware of that [concern]."

Along with the inclusion of Quantum networking, Folsom has also upgraded block storage and added native support for Juju, an Ubuntu server orchestration tool.

"Ubuntu Server 12.10 combines the latest time-saving tools from Ubuntu with the newest release of OpenStack, making it the fastest and easiest way to take advantage of the latest open cloud technology. Ubuntu Server is the reference operating system for OpenStack, which means no other operating system will work with Folsom as naturally," Jane Silber, Canonical's chief executive, said in a statement.

Topics: Ubuntu, Cloud, Linux

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  • Canonical dresses Ubuntu 12.10 in garb fit for the cloud

    Looks like another step in the right direction fo Canonical and Linux ..................any time soon the Microsoft shill Loverock Davidson will be here to tell you it really dosen't.
    Over and Out
  • Did Windows 8 ever stand a chance

    against the powerful and versatile cloud infrastructure made by Ubuntu and Linux. The answer is an ever resounding no! Gone are the days of compile programs on Linux. With the power of Openstack and it's further embedding into Ubuntu, Windows doesn't even compare. Complementing this is Juju, which can best be summarized as "apt-get for services." Where package management systems have taken a lot of the pain out of installing applications on Linux distros (I haven't had to compile an application in forever). Truly marvellous.
    Loverock Davidsons
    • Thanks!

      Thanks for being a fan! I know I'm popular and now people want to be like me. This is awesome! :)
      Loverock Davidson-
    • Canonical dresses Ubuntu 12.10 in garb fit for the cloud

      It is interesting to watch Ubuntu develop.

      Great article Jack.
  • phail to win, maybe

    Hmmm, yet another critical tech scrabbled out of the grasp of the plucky (read IP mine for the barons) free stuff peeps. Are these guys deliberately failing? (not to win, but) Paid off (or scared off) by the barons and their TLA stooges leveraging faux security as raison d'être... What happened to Ubuntu/linux/droid as desktop replacement? True creative destruction? Real free markets all shook up by true innovation? Instead we get the ever diminishing drip of the barons fare, as we are held to ransom for stuff we once owned, by the gadgets that pwn us...

    Meh, just more rearrangement of deckchairs on the Titanic... Which is doomed no matter how well you orchestrate the musicians.
    • Your point is what?

      All I saw was something something ? Something ? five times.
    • Is that like Epic Fail Epic Win

      “phail to win, maybe”