"The new Ubuntu Server does all the usual Linux server
edge jobs -- Web and mail services -- and common line of business
jobs like file and print. But, it also includes improved
virtualization with the new version of KVM (Kernel-based Virtual
Machine) and easier integration with Microsoft AD (Active
"Yes, you read that right. The new Ubuntu, both on the server
and the desktop side, will now work and play better with AD.
According to Steve George, Canonical's Director of Corporate
Services, Ubuntu will be pulling this trick because it will be
incorporating Likewise Open and Samba 3.3 support.
"Likewise Open enables your Ubuntu servers and desktops to AD
domains and forests with a single sign-on that works both for the
AD and the Linux side of your network. Samba 3.3 adds over-all
improvements in compatibility between Linux servers and clients and
AD-based network services."