Introducing the Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack – your “autopilot” for rapid, customised OpenStack private cloud deployment and managementSubmitted by Rianne Schestowitz on Tuesday 28th of October 2014 07:32:38 PM Filed under
Based on Canonical’s industry-leading OpenStack reference architecture and building on Ubuntu’s leading position as the most widely used OpenStack platform, the Canonical Distribution gives users the widest range of commercially-supported vendor options for storage, software-defined networking and hypervisor from Canonical and its OpenStack partners. It then automates the creation and management of a reference OpenStack based on those choices.
“The Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack is a complete autopilot for your private cloud,” said Mark Shuttleworth. “Point it at a rack or ten and tell it your preferences for storage, software defined network, and hypervisor, and it will create your cloud automatically, manage and monitor it for you, keep it fully secure, and update it to the next version of OpenStack in due course. This is the solution for people who want a high-performance reference cloud and want to focus on their own applications and workloads rather than the underlying infrastructure.”
Kicking off our ‘Ubuntu at Ten Reader Survey’ was an obvious question: which version of Ubuntu served as your entry point. This aimed to find out the most popular ‘jump on’ point.
Unsurprisingly the majority of first timers came by way of an LTS release. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS being the most common “jump on points” for respondents. This was followed by Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog; the very first release) and Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn).
There is some discussion of whether or not you should upgraded to 14.10 here, but the short version is, for most people an upgrade from 14.04 is not necessary but not a bad idea, and an upgrade from any earlier version is a very good idea. Mostly, though, you should just upgrade.
One could ask the question, should you be installing Ubuntu with Unity. You have to like Unity. I personally like to have a wider range of desktop options than Ubuntu with Unity allows, but for a notebook or laptop where you are going to be using one application at a time, usually use GUI apps, and like to have your computer integrated fairly seamlessly to social networking services, etc., it is a good option.
I've been covering Ubuntu for seven of the release’s 10 years and 14.10 is the first time I've had to dig deep into the release notes just to find something new to test.
If you needed further proof that Canonical is currently solely focused on bringing its Unity 8 interface to mobile devices, 14.10 is the best evidence yet.
Almost nothing Canonical develops has changed in this release - there isn't even a new desktop wallpaper. There are some updates to be sure, but they don’t hail from Canonical. Point release updates for default GNOME apps are included, as is a new kernel, the latest version of Mesa, and some other underlying tools.
The lack of updates isn't unexpected, in fact that's been the plan all along.
Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn is the latest version of ubuntu operating system developed by Canonical. It now available to download and install on PC and Laptop.
On this release ubuntu 14.10 have been updates to many core packages, including a new 3.16-based kernel, Unity Desktop 7.3.1, and new AppArmor with fine-grained socket control, and many more.
The Ubuntu devs are not wasting any time and they have already started to build the next version of the distribution, although it will be a while until an ISO imagine is made available. Even then, it will most likely be something very similar to Ubuntu 14.10, which was released only yesterday, October 23.
This is actually a normal day at the office for Canonical. Traditionally, the development for the next Ubuntu version starts the very next day, so it's not something special. Still, it's interesting to see how Canonical is working on its distro and how it is able to launch an operating system precisely every six months.
ubuntuThe release of Ubuntu 14.10, codenamed Utopic Unicorn, was the big news today. But in other news, Kostas Koudaras has a sneak peek of GNOME in upcoming openSUSE 13.2 and Alessio Treglia shared some bits on Debian 8.0 multimedia. Miguel de Icaza announces Mono for the Unreal Engine and, finally, Erich Schubert says avoiding systemd isn't hard at all.