The next version of Ubuntu — 11.10 ‘Oneiric Ocelot’ — will be launched on 13 October.
The new version will have an emphasis on Cloud computing and “ease of use”, according to Canonical chief executive, Jane Silber.
Ubuntu’s personal Cloud, Ubuntu One, has been improved to enable users to stream their entire music library to their Android or iOS devices, and access and share files, documents and photos online with Android and Windows devices.
It will also include a backup service called Deja Dup. The service has been likened to Apple’s Time Machine and allows users to schedule or restore backups locally or onto Ubuntu One.
The software’s default desktop shell, Unity, first introduced in Natty Narwhal, has been refined in the new release.
The introduction of Juju aims to simplify service deployment and orchestration across multiple Cloud platforms and server clusters running Cloud-style workloads, such as Hadoop.
Ubuntu Cloud will also now include OpenStack as its core infrastructure element, which was originally offered as a preview release in Natty Narwhal.
Ubuntu Server 11.10 will include tools for provisioning and deploying Ubuntu across multiple servers, giving administrators a “standardised and fully automated” way to deploy the service.
According to the release, Ubuntu Server 11.10 will be the first “general-purpose, server-focused operating system” to support ARM processors.
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