On October 17th, Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, will release Ubuntu 13.10, Saucy Salamander. Most people will be interested in the desktop version of Ubuntu 13.10, but more people may actually end up using this latest Ubuntu distribution on the cloud than they will on the desktop.
That’s because at the same time that Canonical makes its bi-annual desktop play, and starting its attempt to grab some of the mobile market with Ubuntu Touch, it will also be released with the latest version of the OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud, Havana.
“Ubuntu 13.10 delivers the latest and best version of OpenStack, and is the fastest, most flexible platform for scale-out computing,” said Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu’s founder and Canonical’s VP Products in a statement. “Ubuntu is typically used in very large scale deployments. In this release we’ve tuned the cloud deployment experience for very small clusters as well, to support dev-and-test environments.” This 13.10 release makes it possible to deploy a full OpenStack cloud on only 5 servers and offers a sophisticated Landscape dashboard for the management of Ubuntu OpenStack clouds no matter their size.