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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Debuts With OpenStack Icehouse and Docker Support

Ubuntu cloudAfter months of widespread anticipation, Canonical on Thursday released Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, a new Long-Term Support version of its popular Linux distribution that promises the extended support often sought by business users, in particular.

Bundled with five years of free security updates, the software aims to deliver a seamless migration path for organizations upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04, the previous Long-Term Support version.

Both desktop and server versions of Ubuntu 14.04 made their debut this week, each chock-full of powerful new features. Ready for some of the highlights? Here's what you can expect.

On the Desktop

A slicker experience awaits users of Ubuntu 14.04 on the desktop as a result of improvements to the Unity user interface, Canonical says, but there's also the option to test out convergence-minded Unity 8, which currently runs on Ubuntu phones and tablets. With support for multitouch track pads and touch screens as well as high pixel density screens, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be part of the first commercially available Ubuntu tablets.

Launching hard on the heels of Windows XP's end of life, meanwhile, Canonical is also pitching the new release as a compelling alternative for many businesses. That may not be an unreasonably optimistic proposition, either: A full 70 percent of CIOs will change their technology and sourcing relationships in the next 2 to 3 years, Gartner predicts.

“The 14.04 LTS release offers a solid, intuitive experience which is easy to manage,” said Canonical CEO Jane Silber. “It is a viable and affordable alternative for organizations considering a switch from Microsoft, and specifically those replacing XP or Windows 7 as they come to the end of life.”

Tools enabling the remote delivery of applications are included in the desktop version of Ubuntu 13.04, as is compatibility with Windows file formats, browser-based cloud solutions and the Microsoft Office-compatible LibreOffice suite.

In the Cloud

Of even greater interest to many enterprises, though, is the server version of Ubuntu 14.04, which is Ubuntu’s third LTS cloud release. 

Not only is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS packed with Docker and OpenStack Icehouse, but it also introduces support for IBM Power Systems and POWER as well as for 64-bit ARM servers.

New versions of Juju and MAAS are also added to the mix "to design, deploy and scale services faster than any other platform available today, on cloud or bare metal," Canonical says. The new release integrates Open vSwitch for networking and Ceph for storage as well.

In short, "Ubuntu is now the enterprise platform supported on the widest range of modern architectures – IBM POWER, ARM64, x86, and x64," the company says.

Global enterprises including AT&T, Bharti, British Telecom, China Telecom, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, Korea Telecom, NEC, NTT, Orange France, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Netflix and Instagram all use Ubuntu, Canonical notes.

“Ubuntu is the primary platform for cloud – public, private or hybrid," said Ubuntu and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth. "In this release, our third LTS with deep roots in cloud, we raise the bar for efficiency and orchestration at scale."

 

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  • Jim Said:

    Repeating Canonical's statements does not an article make, especially when you repeat everything without analysis. Their statements are pure PR and likely not really accurate across the board. I'm a long term Linux user primarily using Ubuntu based distros, however I learned that we must not take anything Canonical says at face value. As well on the vast majority of systems that I've installed Unity on it fails miserably. It doesn't work and in those rare situations where it works it is full of faults and lacks configuration options.

  • zzmax Said:

    Jim you are on teh kool-aid. I have used unity for over 2 years and it is Great! I have no problems with it, if you can chew gum and walk then you can use Unity without failing miserably!

  • Jim Said:

    Repeating Canonical's statements does not an article make, especially when you repeat everything without analysis. Their statements are pure PR and likely not really accurate across the board. I'm a long term Linux user primarily using Ubuntu based distros, however I learned that we must not take anything Canonical says at face value. As well on the vast majority of systems that I've installed Unity on it fails miserably. It doesn't work and in those rare situations where it works it is full of faults and lacks configuration options.

  • brian Said:

    Jim you should repeat your repeat a few more times... maybe someone missed it. You do know that Unity isn't even released yet and won't be for at least 6 more months?? So mentioning that "it fails miserably" only makes your post sound like a troll.

  • brian mullan Said:

    sorry mistyped... meant Mir isn't even released yet ... and I think Unity 8 is going to be a much better experience than Unity 7 as the integration of both starts to appear.

  • Magalaan Said:

    These people are MS shills. They are everywhere on the internet to slander the competition. MS has a long history in FUD campaigns and they do it wel organized.

  • jorgen hefe Said:

    I am surprised that you use the wording "vast majority" . Does it mean you have used many customers as lab rats- without thinking thst it may be your shortcomings as consultant. Why the blazes did you repeat the mistake over and over? Did you ever consider calling in a specialist -rather than blaming it on the software? Either you are a troll or just lacking insights into yourself.

  • Madurai Said:

    @jorgen hefe I think "vast majority" is vastly different from "vast majority of systems that I've installed Unity" which may also mean 7 out of 10 or even 2 out of three. However, Jim's point here is different, in my view and I agree with that.

  • 3r0s Said:

    I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell, Sony laptops and I never had any issue with Unity nor with hardware drivers. I use Ubuntu since 9.04 and for me it always worked smoothly.

  • Nigel Said:

    I have used the 12.04 Ubuntu now for a few years and installed it on heaps of machines including lap tops of all makes and it just works,Love how it finds the drivers and i would recommend it to all .Would like to see the LTS continue on this o/s instead of having to re-install a new version. DON'T become another Microsoft and end things before their time.People get sick of having to continually update their operating systems,Don't drop the ball Linux gods.By the way thanks to all the people involved in making Linux what it is today.

  • Isaac Said:

    Telling people that you have failed miserably to install Ubuntu repeatedly says more about the user than it does about Ubuntu.


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