Ubuntu® 8.10 Server Edition delivers significant new features to innovative user base

Ubuntu Server Edition enhances Java®, virtualization and system management capabilities

London, October 28, 2008: Canonical Ltd. announced the upcoming availability of Ubuntu® 8.10 Server Edition for free download on 30 October. In related news Canonical also announced the simultaneous release of Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition.

Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition will be maintained for 18 months and adds significant enhancements in virtualisation, Java development and system management. This continues the project’s commitment to serve the needs of those users for whom innovation and performance are vital.

In tandem with the Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) release, maintained for another four and a half years, Ubuntu offers users a real choice between the stability and longevity of the LTS releases and the opportunity to try the latest innovations of the Ubuntu 8.10 release. No other Linux or proprietary server OS supports this level of choice.

“Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition is a terrific milestone that underlines the value in our twin track release strategy,” said Jane Silber, COO of Canonical. “The server edition embraces cloud computing, virtualisation, mail server enhancements, Java development and deployment as well as a range of services to help system admininstrators and developers. Our six-monthly release cycle allows us to get these features in front of users faster continuing to make Ubuntu the best option for innovative organisations.”

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