New Ubuntu Server Features

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-04-20 Print this article Print


New Ubuntu server features include:

??Ç     Extended hardware compatibility ensures easier deployment for users

??Ç     Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can now pre-install their own default first-boot configuration of Ubuntu Server Edition and replicate it across all their Ubuntu servers

??Ç     Ubuntu Server on Amazon EC2 helps businesses to deploy services to external clouds

??Ç     Virtualization updates, including support for nested virtualization, further improve infrastructure management efficiencies

??Ç     New mail server features include shared user authentication and enhanced spam protection

??Ç     Samba 3.3 provides extended cluster support for file serving and integrates with the latest Microsoft systems

??Ç     Enhanced integration between OpenChange and Microsoft Exchange encourages interoperability

??Ç     Suspend-and-Resume features deliver power-management improvements

??Ç     Security enhancements with Apparmor offer greater peace of mind

In addition, Canonical said the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud uses an open-source system known as Eucalyptus to enable a company to test, deploy and experiment with their own private, in-house cloud that matches the Amazon EC2 API.

Also, Advanced Message Queue Protocol (AMQP) support brings the emerging standard for high-performance enterprise messaging to Ubuntu users through Rabbit MQ. And MySQL 5.1 is the latest release of the world's most popular open-source database server. Users can upgrade from MySQL 5.0 to 5.1 now, the company said.

Finally, Canonical announced Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix, which  comes with faster boot speeds, and with a built-for-purpose interface that means that favorite applications and Websites are just a click away. 

Added Silber: "The latest feature enhancements in Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix are particularly well suited to the requirements of netbook fans. Faster boot speeds, enhanced power-management features and easier switching between networks deliver the best netbook end-user experience available for download today."

Indeed, users can download the complete Ubuntu Netbook Remix to a USB flash drive directly from  and can then install and run Ubuntu Netbook Remix on a wide range of the most popular netbook machines available in the market today, the company said.

Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix has been fully tested for use on a range of netbook models including:

??Ç     Acer Aspire One

??Ç     Asus eeePC 900

??Ç     Asus eee PC 1000

??Ç     Dell Mini 9

??Ç     HP Mini Mi

??Ç     Toshiba NB100

"We believe it is Linux that is the key piece of opening up the PC market," Shuttleworth said. "And despite the commentary we're seeing from Microsoft, we think it's Linux that will be driving change in the PC market." 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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