Canonical has announced that its third Long Term Support (LTS) cloud release, Ubuntu 14.04, will be available from 17 April.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will run on all major public cloud services and works with service providers including AWS, Azure, HP Cloud, Joyent, and IBM SoftLayer and SmartCloud.
The vendor said the update includes new versions of Juju and MAAS to "design, deploy and scale services faster than any other platform available today, on cloud or bare metal."
The Linux distribution enables ISVs, SaaS providers and end users to deploy cloud applications securely, offering continued support patches and updates for at least five years.
The update will coincide with the availability of the latest OpenStack release, codenamed Icehouse, which will offer automated installation, bare metal provisioning, a queuing and notification service and Database-as-a-Service features too.
The Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release is a pretty substantial one, adding support for 64-bit ARM servers in addition to that for OpenStack cloud frameworks. It is also the first release to support IBM Power architecture servers and the Docker open-source project for container-based virtualisation.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, said: “Ubuntu is the primary platform for cloud – public, private or hybrid. In this release, our third LTS with deep roots in cloud, we raise the bar for efficiency and orchestration at scale. That’s why businesses are adopting Ubuntu as they move to the cloud computing era."
Some of the biggest telcos in the world are utilising the Ubuntu platform including BT in the UK. A number of web-based services such as Netflix, Instagram and Quora are also building services on Ubuntu too, ensuring demand for the update.
Changes in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty are:
- Linux kernel 3.13
- Libreoffice office suite version 4.2.3
- Many default applications regained well-integrated menu bars under Unity
- Upstart has been upgraded to version 1.12.1
- Dash performance got better
- SSD TRIM Support By Default
- Unity new lock screen (With fast lock) and new screensaver
- Unity control center
- Locally integrated menus
- HiDPI (High pixel density display - Retina) for High resolution screens and desktop scaling
- Windows borders dropped
- Click to minimize on application launcher (disabled by default)
- Real-time window resize
- Global menu can be disabled for individual applications
- Unity launcher can be resized to 8px.
- Anti-aliased windows corners
- Live windows re-sizing
- Nautilus: 'Typeahead' (recursive dropped) and 'Backspace' to go up are back
- Nvidia Optimus support got better (But not perfect yet)
- Dash scopes can now be enabled and disabled from Application lens, inside dash itself
- Ubuntu LTS Server 14.04 extends cloud support
Version 14.04 of Ubuntu, a popular Linux distribution with a highly customised user interface called Unity, has been released. This is a version with long-term (5 years) of security support and a convenient upgrade path from the previous release with long-term support features (version 12.04). From the press release: "Canonical announces the latest Ubuntu release, 14.04 LTS desktop will be available for download from the 17th April 2014. The long-term support (LTS) release is supported and maintained by Canonical for five years, making it the most stable, reliable, secure and cost-effective desktop for long-term, large scale deployments within enterprise and public sector organisations today." Read the comprehensive release notes for a detailed description of new features and known issues. Download (SHA256) links: ubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso (964MB, torrent), ubuntu-14.04-server-amd64.iso (564MB, torrent).
Mario Behling has announced the release of Lubuntu 14.04, a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that provides the minimalist LXDE desktop and a selection of light applications: "Julien Lavergne has released Lubuntu 14.04. Features: based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment; PCManFM, a fast and lightweight files manager using GIO/GVFS; Openbox, a fast and extensible default window manager of LXDE; LightDM, a simple GTK+ greeter; Firefox, the famous web browser; based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Improvements since Lubuntu 13.10: LTS Support (3 years); new PCManFM (version 1.2.0) with a lot of new features (folder settings, dual-pane view, menu editing); new LXSession default applications with a new user interface; an update of the artwork (new icons, theme update)." See the release announcement and release notes for more information. Download: lubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso (694MB, SHA256, torrent).
Ali Jawad has announced the release of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04, the latest update of this official Ubuntu flavour featuring the vanilla GNOME 3.10 desktop: "The Ubuntu GNOME team is proud and happy to announce the release of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu GNOME is an official flavour of Ubuntu, featuring the GNOME desktop environment. Ubuntu GNOME is a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories. This is our very first long-term support (LTS) version. Features: Most of GNOME 3.10 is now included, the few missing bits of 3.10 are available in PPA; with GNOME 3.10 comes enhanced support for online accounts, and some general optimization of the user interface; a set of 10 new high-quality wallpapers are included; GNOME Classic session is included...." Read the brief release announcement and visit the detailed release notes for further information and screenshots. Download: ubuntu-gnome-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso (923MB, SHA256, torrent).
Jonathan Riddell has announced the release of Kubuntu 14.04, a new version of the desktop Linux distribution shipping with the shiny new KDE 4.13.0: "Welcome to Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, a brand new long-term supported version with the latest KDE software to enjoy. Long-term support means that bug fixes and security updates will be added for the next 5 years, so you can be safe to use it until 2019. New releases of important KDE software will also be available from the Kubuntu Updates and Kubuntu Backports PPAs. Software highlights: the KDE Applications and Platform 4.13 release introduces a greatly improved semantic search as well as stabilization and improvements in key applications like Okular; Mozilla Firefox 28 as default web browser; Muon Suite 2.2 brings additional improvements to our Software Center applications...." Read the rest of the release announcement for a full list of features and screenshots. Download: kubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso (1,017MB, SHA256, torrent).
Edubuntu 14.04, the latest version of an official Ubuntu variant designed primarily for educational and non-profit environments, has been released: "The Edubuntu development team announces today the release of Edubuntu 14.04 LTS. As the second long-term support release of the Edubuntu, this version will be supported for 5 years, until April 2019. The Edubuntu development team will also provide 'point releases' in sync with Ubuntu to offer new installation media containing all the latest bug fixes and hardware enablement stacks. As usual, Edubuntu inherits most of the changes that occur in Ubuntu. Additionally, this release brings you: Epoptes 0.5.7, an update to the popular classroom management software suite; new major version of LTSP (5.5.x), including numerous bug fixes, speed improvement, lowering bandwidth requirements and improving fat client support." See the release announcement for more details. Download: edubuntu-14.04-dvd-amd64.iso (2,976MB, SHA256, torrent).
Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavour of Ubuntu developed specially for users in China and, unlike other official variants, generously promoted on the Ubuntu website. What's new in version 14.04? "In this final release, the Linux kernel is upgraded to 3.13 and Unity is upgraded to 7.2. Specifically designed for efficient Chinese input, 14.04 LTS uses the Sogou Input Method, a typing tool that provides intelligent predictive search and auto-completion. Sogou, combined with the Kingsoft WPS office suite, makes Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS even faster and easier to use when creating documents and browsing the web. The new release also includes Kingsoft Kuaipan, the cloud file synchronising application, which offers a maximum of 2 TB personal cloud storage." Read the release announcement (in Chinese) and the release notes (in English, with screenshots) for further information. Download: ubuntukylin-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso (1,086MB, SHA256, torrent).
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