Ubuntu 12.04 has been given its first point release update since the business-focused Linux distribution was launched in April, adding further ARM server support and an OpenStack cloud computing repository in addition to numerous security updates and fixes.
Available to download now, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (Long-Term Support) is backed by support from developer Canonical for five years on the desktop, server and the cloud.
"This update to the current long-term support release, available from 23 August, is the result of four months' worth of real-life enterprise usage. The resulting fixes and enhancements translate into a rock-solid, thoroughly tested upgrade path for any enterprise running Ubuntu 10.04, the last LTS release," said Rick Spencer, Ubuntu's engineering director, writing on the Canonical blog.
Newly added in this release is support for Calxeda's ECX-1000 system-on-a-chip (SoC) family, one of the new breed of ARM-based server chips designed for power-efficient scale-out datacentre architectures.
With this support, customers are able to begin testing out their workloads on this kind of new hardware now, Canonical said.
Introduced at the same time is Canonical's Ubuntu Cloud archive, a repository from which Ubuntu administrators will be able to download and install new releases of the OpenStack cloud computing framework onto the Ubuntu Server between now and the next Ubuntu LTS release, which is expected sometime in 2014.
Canonical said it is committed to maintaining and supporting new OpenStack releases for Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS in the Cloud archive for at least 18 months after they are released, enabling Ubuntu Cloud users to keep pace with OpenStack development.
Certified 12.04.1 Ubuntu Cloud images are also available now on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and will likewise be available soon on Windows Azure, according to Canonical.
Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.