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Ubuntu's Enterprising Ibex Springs Into Release

Oct 31, 2008, 11:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"Ibex will be maintained for 18 months, compared to the previous version (Hardy Heron) which has a lifetime of five years, but organizations willing to forgo the longevity of Heron are promised a whole raft of new features. “This release is an opportunity to bring in interesting and exciting work that has been done by the community,” explained Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu’s founder, during a press call.

"Virtualization Leads the List of New Features
So what’s new in Ibex? Inevitably, enhanced virtualization capabilities are among the new features Shuttleworth is keen to highlight. The pared down, minimalist Just Enough OS (JEOS) version of Ubuntu introduced in Heron is now an installation option in Ibex, enabling administrators to create a lightweight instance of the operating system with “just enough” features for virtual appliances. Ibex also introduces a virtual machine builder tool (imaginatively called Vm-builder) to set up, create and deploy a virtual machine in under five minutes. “This makes it trivial for sys admins to design a virtual machine and deploy it on Amazon[’s Elastic Compute Cloud service],” said Shuttleworth."

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