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Canonical releases Ubuntu 12.10 with Amazon search

Says it is easy to disable
Thu Oct 18 2012, 13:01

LINUX VENDOR Canonical has released Ubuntu Linux 12.10 including Amazon search results in Dash and support for the latest version of Openstack.

Canonical has received some flak in the past two years for its decision to use Unity as the default window manager in its popular Ubuntu Linux distribution and more recently its decision to display "related" search results from Amazon in the user's Dash search function in Ubuntu 12.10. The outfit has now released Ubuntu Linux 12.10 for desktop and servers claiming it lays out the foundations for what will be the next Long Term Support (LTS) release in 18 months.

Steve George, VP of communications and products at Canonical told The INQUIRER, "This is the start of the next [two year] cycle which [we] will bring to its final conclusion in [Ubuntu] 14.04. Really what we are doing here is setting out the future direction for Ubuntu with a platform, setting out the core themes that we are thinking about and then we develop those technologies and deploy those technologies over successive releases."

George highlighted support for Openstack's most recent Folsom release as being a major driver for Ubuntu 12.10, however he did admit that many of the firm's larger customers will continue to use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which also supports Openstack Folsom, rather than migrate to the newer version of the operating system using the firm's cloud archive to obtain the software. George also claimed that Ubuntu is the reference operating system for Openstack, which should help it gain some customers as Openstack grows in popularity.

While Canonical is placing a lot of faith in Openstack to push lucrative enterprise deployments, George said that technologies such as its Juju configuration tool, Quantum virtual networking and Cinder Block storage are key for Ubuntu 12.10's deployment in servers.

George also confirmed that Ubuntu 12.10 desktop users can disable Amazon's search capabilities within Dash through the control panel or remove the lens from the command line should they so wish. He followed Mark Shuttleworth by reiterating that the firm anonymises all search data sent to Amazon, but added that users can, if they so wish, remove the Amazon search capability from Ubuntu 12.10.

Canonical's Ubuntu 12.10 desktop and server distributions are available for download and users can use its System Update tool to update existing Ubuntu Linux systems. µ


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