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Canonical ties Ubuntu 10.10 tightly into Amazon's cloud

Oct 08, 2010, 16:04 (1 Talkback[s])

"On Sunday, Canonical will release its next upgrade to Ubuntu, version 10.10, and to hear executives talk about the server edition of this Linux distribution, it's all about the cloud -- particularly Amazon's cloud.

"Why Sunday? Because that will make the 10.10 release available on 10/10/10. So we'll give the Canonical folks points for being cute. Version 10.10, also known by its code name Maverick Meekrat, is an interim release. The long-term-support release is still 10.04. Canonical likes to upgrade frequently so it always has a distribution with the cutting edge stuff in it. Every three years, it releases a long-term support (LTS) version that it maintains with patches and tweaks.

"GorillaWith 10.10, the company was going for tighter integration with the cloud. By that Canonical means one cloud in particular, Amazon's EC2. "Amazon is the main story in town, the main reason we put a lot of work into EC2," Canonical's Steve George, vice president of business development, told me. "Everything [in Ubuntu's cloud support] is using the Amazon API, so any management platform which supports the Amazon API, can manage your Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud."

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