LINUX VENDOR Canonical will release Ubuntu 12.04.1, introducing support for Calxeda's ARM based system-on-chip (SoC).
Canonical's release of Ubuntu 12.04 Long Term Support (LTS) earlier this year marked the Linux outfit's latest push into the enterprise with an increased emphasis on servers. Now the firm has released a rare point release dubbed 12.04.1 LTS that brings support for Calxeda's ARM SoC and the upcoming Folsom release of Openstack software.
While Canonical is keen to tout the server capabilities of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and now 12.04.1 LTS, the firm said the point release also contains bug fixes and security updates as part of its five year support plan. Canonical also highlighted that almost 100 laptops and over 40 servers have been certified to run Ubuntu 12.04.1.
Canonical's support for Calxeda's ARM SoCs is an attempt to edge its way into a market that is widely expected to see increasing growth in the next three to five years. Canonical isn't the only Linux vendor to provide ARM support, with Red Hat also working away on supporting the architecture through its leading edge Fedora distribution.
It is a bit surprising to see Canonical put out a point release for Ubuntu LTS, which is regarded as a rolling distribution, however it could be part of a strategy to keep enterprises, rather than individual Linux users, interested a release that will be used by companies for another four years. The slight image hit for Canonical is that an Ubuntu LTS point release has somewhat of a whiff of a Microsoft Windows service pack about it, not a big compliment. µ