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Canonical celebrates cloud freedoms with new Ubuntu

Joab Jackson | Oct. 24, 2014
Canonical continues to aggressively equip its flagship Ubuntu Linux server software with more tools to help users build and run clouds.

For those who wish to take advantage of speedy SSDs (solid-state drives), Ubuntu now offers bcache. This software can designate an SSD to serve as a caching layer to hold the most consulted data and applications on a server while offloading older or less-consulted material onto less expensive spinning disks. This can make servers more responsive.

Canonical, a privately held company, is the commercial sponsor for Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions. More than 60 percent of the Linux images used on Amazon Web Services are Ubuntu, Baker reported. The distribution is also used by service providers such as China Telecom, Comcast, Korea Telecom, NEC, Orange France, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.

 

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