CANONICAL HAS RELEASED Ubuntu version 15.04, bringing even more convergence across desktop, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The INQUIRER spoke to Mark Baker, Ubuntu Server product manager, about the release, codenamed Vivid Vervet, and the updates it brings for enterprise users.
We can't help wondering whether the obvious choice of 'Vole' might have been overlooked because of something the INQ did in the old days.
Baker told us emphatically: "It's about containers. It's about OpenStack. And it's about OpenStack with containers."
The new version will incorporate LXD, a next-generation hypervisor for containers, along with a new OpenStack nova driver - nova-computer-LXD - bridging the gap between OpenStack and LXD environments.
"Containers are definitely the way people are starting to move, so we want to make sure Ubuntu is a very capable and efficient platform for those to run on," said Baker.
Vivid Vervet (it's a monkey) also takes the prize for being the first product to incorporate Kilo, the next version of OpenStack.
"With Kilo we've done a lot of work around the software-defined networking [SDN] space," he explained.
"As more and more vendors started to work on SDN, the Neutron platform became bigger and bigger, so with this release we've decided to 'decompose it' and remove the vendor-specific drivers, which leaves it a lot more slim and lightweight."
Of course, those familiar with OpenStack will note that Kilo hasn't actually been released yet.
Baker explained: "Kilo will be released on 30 April, while our product is released on 23 April. Initially it will incorporate the release candidate, and then shortly after the 30th, we'll issue a zero-day update to bring the finished product into the system."
A new desktop version will also arrive on the same day, with a whole bunch of new tools for developers. The Tools Centre has been rechristened Ubuntu Make, and incorporates the latest versions of Android Studio and Firefox Developer Edition.
Snappy Ubuntu Core gets its first big outing, and its tiny footprint and transactional updating make it a great platform for the IoT. Expect to see it in everything from drones to set-top boxes. This first stable version includes support for Intel x64 architecture and ARM HF.
Finally, Ubuntu Phone 15.04 will be released as an over-the-air update in the coming weeks to the BQ Aquaris E4.5 and the forthcoming Meizu MX4, a higher spec example of the extension of Ubuntu into mobile phones. µ
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