SANTA CLARA, Calif. and LONDON, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun
Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Canonical Ltd. today announced that
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support), the upcoming release of the widely
popular GNU/Linux distribution, will support the UltraSPARC(R) T1 processor
on Sun Fire(TM) T1000 and T2000 servers. Ubuntu GNU/Linux has achieved
strong recognition on the desktop through its focus on ease-of-use and "it
just works" user experience. With this announcement, Canonical brings that
same focus to the server market, having chosen the UltraSPARC T1 processor
as its vehicle into the datacenter.
"Ubuntu is arguably one of the most important -- if not the most
important -- GNU/Linux distribution on the planet and will soon blaze new
trails in support for SPARC-based servers," said John Fowler, executive
vice-president, Systems, Sun Microsystems. "The availability of both
Solaris and Linux-based operating systems on the Niagara platform will
further expand our lead in delivering chip multi-threaded innovation and
choice to customers."
"There has been a vibrant community working with Ubuntu on SPARC for
some time. Given the broadening of our offering from desktops to servers,
and the power and promise of CoolThreads servers, official support for
SPARC was a natural fit with our upcoming enterprise-ready release of
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 6.06
LTS is due to be released at the beginning of June 2006.
According to Distrowatch.com, Ubuntu has long been the world's most
popular GNU/Linux distribution for desktop users. The next release of
Ubuntu, version 6.06 LTS, will include a dedicated server edition with an
extended support period to meet the needs of enterprise customers,
independent software and hardware vendors (ISVs and IHVs.) With the release
of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, SPARC will become one of Ubuntu's officially supported
server architectures. Ubuntu is available free of charge and includes free
security updates for all officially supported architectures. Ubuntu 6.06
LTS server support will be available for a period of five (5) years.
Canonical will also offer technical support for SPARC-based systems on a
paid, commercial basis.
Through the OpenSPARC initiative (www.opensparc.net), Canonical
engineering and the Ubuntu community were given open access to the design
of the UltraSPARC T1 processor and quickly completed the porting process.
The release of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution on UltraSPARC T1
processor-based systems merely ten weeks after the open source release of
the chip design point validates the open hardware approach pioneered by SUN
with the UltraSPARC T1 processor, and demonstrates the Ubuntu community's
excitement at the benefits of Sun's SPARC processor-based CMT architecture
for next-generation Web, communications and transactional services.
Introduced in December 2005, Sun's CoolThreads(TM) server line has been
embraced by leading Internet and Web 2.0 companies like eBay, Bank of
America and Chinese Web giant Sina.com that now use the industry's first
8-core, 32-threaded server in their datacenters.
Sun's CoolThreads servers deliver unmatched price/performance: the Sun
Fire T1000 server starts at just $2,995 USD and the Sun Fire T2000 Server
at $7,795 USD. For more information, please see
http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/overview/index.jsp or go to
www.opensparc.net. For more information on Sun's Try and Buy program, go to
Canonical's technical support for Ubuntu on SPARC servers starts at
$700 USD per year for a single machine. For more information, please see
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About Canonical Ltd.
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promotion of open source software, and to the provision of commercial tools
and support services on a global basis. Canonical's award-winning Ubuntu
operating environment has been adopted as the preferred solution in
governments, schools and businesses around the world. The company employs
developers and support engineers across 15 countries and is headquartered
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