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Ubuntu 11.10 Will Feature ARM Support, Ships Soon

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A new version of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution will be released next week and feature support for ARM architecture.

This week during the OpenStack conference in Boston, Canonical CEO Jane Silber revealed several new features that will be included in the next version of the company's Ubuntu Linux distribution, Ubuntu 11.10. She also announced that both the desktop and the server editions will be released next Thursday, October 13.

According to Silber, Ubuntu 11.10 will arrive with support for ARM architecture, a new cloud service orchestration engine called JuJu, and the latest OpenStack cloud software called Diablo. But Silber also warned a captive audience during her presentation that the ARM version of Ubuntu is not completely polished.

"I know none of you are building your cloud on ARM architecture yet, but its a very promising architecture, and we're very proud to be working with the leaders in that part of the ecosystem to bring that new capability to the open source world first. It's a significant move," she said.

Silber also explained JuJu during her presentation: open source software developed by Canonical that can be used to automate the start-up and shutting down of cloud services running on OpenStack. She said that JuJu allows administrators to package all the routine actions that need to be taken to spin up a job on the machine.

"Think of services like [software] packages," Silber said. "On Ubuntu, ask for a package and it is there, You remove it and its gone. Services are the same way. When you ask for a service it is there, when you remove it, it is gone."

PC Advisor reports that Canonical also showcased on the show floor a server it hand-assembled that ran on an ARM processor.

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    Pyree , October 8, 2011 4:08 AM
    Cool!Ubuntu on tablet.
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    Randomacts , October 8, 2011 3:40 AM
    Ships?
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    Pyree , October 8, 2011 4:08 AM
    Cool!Ubuntu on tablet.
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    ronch79 , October 8, 2011 4:20 AM
    I use Ubuntu 10.04 only for my aging Turion X2 laptop merely because it gives me peace of mind in terms of security, particularly since laptops are meant to go places, connect to public networks, and be exposed to all sorts of USB thumb drives. 10.10 doesn't offer enough incentive for me to switch, and 11.04 doesn't seem to display correctly on the machine. That said, I'm not sure 11.10 will make things easier. I'm probably gonna try it but only after a few months; after they've ironed out some bugs.
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    gametstr , October 8, 2011 4:34 AM
    I hope they 've done something about the battery usage issue of ubuntu 11.04 (natty). Looking forward...
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    eddieroolz , October 8, 2011 4:40 AM
    Its as if ARM support is the new hot thing in town. Not that it's bad or anything.
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    jryan388 , October 8, 2011 4:44 AM
    Hopefully the unity desktop will work properly on release... I still shudder thinking of the glitches I had in unity, particularly before switching from 3d to 2d...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 8, 2011 4:47 AM
    I'll think twice before upgrading from 10.10 on my netbook or 11.04 on my desktop - both run just fine. However...

    Quote:
    I know none of you are building your cloud on ARM architecture yet


    F*** off with your "cloud". I'm not building any "clouds"... I hate it when Canonical jumps on the hype train and starts spreading the same BS like everyone else.
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    JeTJL , October 8, 2011 5:33 AM
    I can barely run Unity on my Turion x2 laptop. Even tried Unity 2d still doesn't want to run well.
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    guardianangel42 , October 8, 2011 7:20 AM
    jetjlI can barely run Unity on my Turion x2 laptop. Even tried Unity 2d still doesn't want to run well.


    My computer could run it fine, I just didn't like it.

    I installed Ubuntu on my computer to test it out, see what it was all about (dual booted) and got right into learning the considerably different UI setup.

    Basically had it ironed out and then installed the update (along with proper drivers for my GFX card) and was immediately taken aback. Didn't have a clue how to customize the little launch bar (its placement or its icons) so I just switched back as soon as I figured out how.
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    Vladislaus , October 8, 2011 10:30 AM
    jetjlI can barely run Unity on my Turion x2 laptop. Even tried Unity 2d still doesn't want to run well.

    Then you most likely have an hardware problem. I have an old Pentium M 1.6GHz with the awful integrated extreme graphics 2, no dedicated GPU, and it runs really well, way faster than XP.
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    reggieray , October 8, 2011 1:54 PM
    Long Live Open Source, Long Live Ubuntu
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    Anonymous , October 8, 2011 2:34 PM
    Ubuntu is a great distro, but unfortunately, the Linux Kernel 3.0 it ships with has a whole slew of serious regressions. If 11.10 doesn't work out for any of you, you probably ought to stick with either 11.04, or even 10.04.
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    coder543 , October 8, 2011 3:41 PM
    reggierayLong Live Open Source, Long Live Ubuntu

    I'm really not sure that a hot hard drive is a bad thing.
    http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2007/02/8917.ars
    "The researchers also found that drive failures did not increase with high temperatures or CPU utilization. In fact, they say, lower average temperatures actually correlate more strongly with failure. Only at 'very high temperatures' does this change."
    The fact that it is Wubi actually could be part of it, but it seems unlikely that Ubuntu would heat up a drive any more than another OS, but I'm no expert.
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    coder543 , October 8, 2011 3:41 PM
    ZingamIt appears that Ubuntu (any recent version) heats up my hard drive. Have you noticed this issue? Or maybe it is because I use it as a Wubi installation.


    Wow, I quoted the wrong person. My bad.

    I'm really not sure that a hot hard drive is a bad thing.
    http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2007/02/8917.ars
    "The researchers also found that drive failures did not increase with high temperatures or CPU utilization. In fact, they say, lower average temperatures actually correlate more strongly with failure. Only at 'very high temperatures' does this change."
    The fact that it is Wubi actually could be part of it, but it seems unlikely that Ubuntu would heat up a drive any more than another OS, but I'm no expert.
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    antilycus , October 8, 2011 4:16 PM
    Cloud computing isn't new. It's been around since the 80's (possibly the 70's). IBM is the king at cloud computing... trust them, it can't be done with the same expectations that people have of their computers today.

    And to the comment above me, there is NO air for tempature to matter in a hard drive. They are VACUUM sealed so even if it gets hot or cold, the platters and heads could care less
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    coder543 , October 8, 2011 4:27 PM
    AntilycusCloud computing isn't new. It's been around since the 80's (possibly the 70's). IBM is the king at cloud computing... trust them, it can't be done with the same expectations that people have of their computers today.And to the comment above me, there is NO air for tempature to matter in a hard drive. They are VACUUM sealed so even if it gets hot or cold, the platters and heads could care less


    Air is not needed for temperature. Surely you realize this? Heat can transfer via conduction, so even if your hard drive is vacuum sealed, heat can transfer very effectively through the metal casing and into the metal interior. Air is a very inefficient way of heating things up by comparison to metal. If that heat causes expansion, the platters and heads can care very much.
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    jamie_1318 , October 8, 2011 5:19 PM
    Just thought I'd point it out, but they don't vacuum seal Hard drives, they are built in clean-rooms. Main difference is no dust, not no air. someone can feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this one though.
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    cldebuhr , October 8, 2011 5:32 PM
    Actually, not only are hard drives not vacuum-sealed, they are incapable of operating in a vacuum. The air around the platters in integral to the mechanism that allows the heads to fly just above the platters without touching them. If you put an HD in a vacuum chamber and start reducing the pressure, at some point the heads will no longer have enough air to maintain their proper flying height, resulting in a head crash, which is instantly and catastrophically fatal to the drive.
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    coder543 , October 8, 2011 7:03 PM
    That's what I thought.. but I didn't have the actual knowledge to point that out.
    cldebuhrActually, not only are hard drives not vacuum-sealed, they are incapable of operating in a vacuum. The air around the platters in integral to the mechanism that allows the heads to fly just above the platters without touching them. If you put an HD in a vacuum chamber and start reducing the pressure, at some point the heads will no longer have enough air to maintain their proper flying height, resulting in a head crash, which is instantly and catastrophically fatal to the drive.

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    lockhrt999 , October 8, 2011 7:21 PM
    having hard time to install flash on 10.04 x64. Can't thinking of upgrading to anything else as the packages I'm using now are very version picky.
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