Canonical announces the upcoming release of the Desktop and Server editions of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, the Long-Term Support version of the popular Linux distribution, as well as strong ISV and open-source ecosystem support for the products.
Canonical announced April 27 the upcoming release of Desktop and Server
editions of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, the Long Term
Support version of the popular Linux distribution, as well as "strong ISV
and open-source ecosystem support" for the products.
Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu project, said the LTS
releases would be available for download on April 29, with the desktop version
being preinstalled on a variety of machines in summer 2010. The desktop version
"includes three years of support through free security and maintenance
updates," the company said. "The desktop edition of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
will feature extensive design work, faster boot speed, social network
integration, online services and the Ubuntu One Music Store."
"The LTS release comes out every two
years; it's our long term support release," Chris Kenyon, vice president
of OEM relationships at Canonical, told eWEEK. "10.04 is a really big
deal; it's a breakout release for us. Eighteen months ago [former Canonical CEO
and current chairman] Mark
Shuttleworth threw down the gauntlet and said, let's make a release that's
very consumer-oriented, so much so that you would want to put down Mac OS X to
use it. This release is very visually stunning. It's the single most exciting
release we've ever done."
"Ubuntu 10.04 LTS challenges the
perceptions of the Linux desktop, bringing a whole new category of users to the
world of Ubuntu," Jane Silber, CEO of
Canonical, said in a statement. "Changes like the new look and feel and
the addition of a music store, layered on top of our relentless focus on
delivering an intuitive and attractive user experience for new and existing
Ubuntu users-these are the bridging elements to the mainstream market that our
community, our partners and our users really want. Long-term support makes
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS very attractive to
corporate IT as well."
New features in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS include
enhanced boot speed and social elements baked into the operating system.
"The new 'Me Menu' in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
consolidates the process of accessing and updating social networks including
Facebook, Digg, Twitter and Identi.ca. The Me Menu also integrates chat
channels so users can talk with friends or colleagues on Google Talk, MSN,
IRC [Internet Relay Chat] and nearly every network," the company said.
Meanwhile, the Ubuntu One "enhanced desktop integration for the online
service means files and folders can be shared and saved on the cloud more
easily. Bookmark and contacts sharing has been added, speeding the move from
personal computer to personal computing."
The new version of the OS also features the Ubuntu One Music Store, which
brings "music from the world's largest labels and greatest bands ...
direct to Ubuntu users through the default music player."
Moreover, the Ubuntu Software Centre 2.0 provides "an easy way to find
new software, and keep track of it once it's installed ... Users can also
single out software provided by Ubuntu, by Canonical partners or by developers
who use Canonical's Launchpad Personal Package Archive (PPA)
And with UNE (Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition), in addition to "benefiting
from the improvements in the Desktop Edition, netbook users will see even
faster boot speeds on SSD-based devices
[and] faster suspend/resume that will extend battery life."
Meanwhile, the Ubuntu 10.04 Server Edition "includes extended security
and maintenance updates free of charge to all users for five years (versus 18
months for a standard release)," Canonical said in a separate statement. "In
addition to the stability of long-term support, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
extends the cloud-computing capability of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, powered by
Eucalyptus-a technology that is becoming widely used as a basis for building
private and hybrid clouds. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
also includes many major applications and packages added or updated since the
previous LTS release, giving new and
upgrading users an extended range of applications that can be easily installed
"IDC's models show Ubuntu accounting
for 5 percent share of paid subscriptions and nonpaid deployments of new copies
of Linux worldwide in 2009. Underlying that number is a nonpaid share of nearly
6 percent, and a paid share of 4.5 percent, with higher shares in some regions
such as the U.S.,"
Al Gillen, program vice president for System Software at IDC,
said in a statement. "We find it impressive for the company to have
achieved that level of success in a relatively short time, [in] what is today a
relatively mature market."
"Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will also see a
larger ecosystem of open-source and proprietary application providers
certifying their applications on Ubuntu Server Edition than ever before. Almost
100 organizations have signaled their intent to certify applications on the
platform, including Alfresco, Ingres, IBM,
VMware, Zimbra, Yahoo and many others, with more expected to follow
post-launch," the Canonical announcement said.
"The range of industry, analyst and user support we are seeing for
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on server has the makings
of a breakout release for this technology," Silber said. "We can
consolidate the significant technical advances we've made since the last LTS
release onto a stable, secure and long-term supported platform that the
industry is gathering around. This is exciting for us, for our partners and
most of all for our users and I expect to see Ubuntu adoption accelerate as a
core infrastructure layer for volume services and cloud computing in the
world's data centers."
"Dell has announced its intention to support Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
Server Edition and will offer Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud as an option on its
PowerEdge-C product line-servers specifically designed for building cloud
environments," Canonical said.
"At Dell, we want to provide customers with options and choice," Andy
Rhodes, a director in Dell's data center solutions division, said in a
statement. "We see Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud as a great potential option for
customers interested in building out their cloud capabilities."
New features in the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
Server Edition include a "direct upgrade path for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
and Ubuntu 9.10 users ... stability and security enhancements for LTS
... multiple added or updated applications and packages since 8.04 LTS
available as install options, including CouchDB, Puppet, Eucalyptus, Django
1.1, OpenJDK6 [and] Tomcat 6 ... virtualization enhancements ... Ubuntu
Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Amazon EC2 enhancements ... advanced storage
capabilities built in ... [and it is] simpler to mass-deploy and manage."
When it is released on April 29, Ubuntu 10.04 "will ship with hundreds
of open-source applications available at [installation] with many more open-source
and proprietary applications becoming available in the days and weeks
following," the company said.
"A strong and varied ISV ecosystem
is critical for Ubuntu to thrive and grow both on user's desktops and in the
world's data centers," Silber said in a statement. "We expected
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to be popular with existing
and prospective software partners, but [the] response is fantastic. Users
considering switching to Ubuntu or upgrading to 10.04 LTS
will be encouraged by this industry support and reassured that they can use
many of their favorite applications on what we are sure will become their
favorite operating system."
"Ubuntu's user base continues to grow rapidly and it is important to
Adobe that Ubuntu users [be] able to enjoy the full Adobe Flash
experience," Anup Murarka, Adobe Systems' director for Technology Strategy
and Partner Development for the Flash Platform, said in a statement. "We
are working with Ubuntu and other partners to enable certification of Flash
Player 10.1 for Linux on the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
release, an exciting release for Linux-based desktops and devices."
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.