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Ubuntu 11.10 Will Feature ARM Support, Ships Soon

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.

  • Randomacts
    Ships?
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  • Pyree
    Cool!Ubuntu on tablet.
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  • ronch79
    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
    I hope they 've done something about the battery usage issue of ubuntu 11.04 (natty). Looking forward...
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  • eddieroolz
    Its as if ARM support is the new hot thing in town. Not that it's bad or anything.
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  • jryan388
    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
    I'll think twice before upgrading from 10.10 on my netbook or 11.04 on my desktop - both run just fine. However...

    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
    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
    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
    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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