Feeds

Ubuntu 'Natty Narwhal' breaks the surface

Canonical goes live with 11.04

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

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. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
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.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.