Feeds

Ubuntu 'Natty Narwhal' breaks the surface

Canonical goes live with 11.04

Seven Steps to Software Security

If you are looking for something to do before the Royal Wedding gets under way, Canonical has officially released Ubuntu "Natty Narwhal".

The company opened up the mirror floodgates at 11:36 am Greenwich Mean Time for Ubuntu 11.04 for desktops, notebooks, and netbooks and its server companion, Ubuntu Server 11.04.

Last week, El Reg previewed the desktop version of Ubuntu 11.04, code-named "Natty Narwhal" in cheeky Canonical fashion, and told you about the Ubuntu Server 11.04 edition as well. With the actual release of the 11.04 spins, however, now you can read the release notes for yourself, which were not available last week when Canonical was giving briefings on its biannual update to Ubuntu.

There are separate links for downloading Ubuntu 11.04 and getting Ubuntu Server 11.04, which come in 32-bit or 64-bit versions for x86 PCs, 32-bit versions for ARM netbooks, and 32-bit or 64-bit versions for x64-based servers. Canonical does not support Itanium, Power, Sparc, or mainframe processors with its server edition, but it did flirt with Sparc chips a few years back.

If your machine is already running Ubuntu 10.10, you can upgrade directly to Ubuntu 11.04; if you have an earlier Ubuntu running on your machine, read the upgrade notes before doing anything.

The desktop version of Ubuntu 11.04 comes with the Firefox 4.0 Web browser and replaces the OpenOffice desktop application suite with LibreOffice 3.3.2 and the Rhythmbox music player with Banshee 2.0. This distro also includes the Unity interface, which has pushed aside the GNOME interface that Canonical has traditionally preferred for its releases. Unity, which has designed for space-constrained screens, will be the official GUI for the "Oneiric Ocelot" 11.10 release coming out in October this year.

The server version of Ubuntu 11.04 has updates for the latest processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, plus a number of tweaks for better provisioning and power management on servers. The open source Eucalyptus 2.02 cloud fabric is still the preferred means of fluffing up clouds using Ubuntu Server, but the "Cactus" 2011.2 release of the OpenStack alternative cloud fluffer is in tech preview now as well. These two will fight it out much as the Xen and KVM hypervisors have. And in that latter matchup, KVM has won and it stands to reason that over the long term, so will OpenStack. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.