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Linux Top 3: Ubuntu 14.04, Debian Gives Squeeze More Life and Red Hat Goes Atomic

  • April 21, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

The first Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) in two years debuted last week with the 14.04 Trusty Tahr release. Ubuntu 14.04 on the desktop continues toward the path of desktop/mobile convergence, though it's not quite there - yet. On the desktop, the Unity 7 interface sports new anti-aliased windows among multiple user interface improvement that make the desktop a delight to use.

On the server side, once again Ubuntu has strong cloud focus integrating the OpenStack Icehouse release. The Juju charms for OpenStack has been updated in the Trusty Tahr. Keeping with the server management focus, Ubuntu 14.04 now includes Puppet 3 to help server administrators with configuration management and deployment. While rival Linux vendor Red Hat, no longer support the open-source Xen hypervisor in its latest RHEL 6 or RHEL 7 distributions, Ubuntu continues to support Xen with full support for Xen 4.4 in Ubuntu 14.04

"Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the first long-term support release with support for the new "arm64" architecture for 64-bit ARM systems, as well as the "ppc64el" architecture for little-endian 64-bit POWER systems," Ubuntu developers Jose Antonio Rey wrote in his release announcementfor Ubuntu 14.04.

LTS versions of Ubuntu provide five years of support on the desktop and the server.

2) Debian LTS

While Ubuntu 14.04 is a new and scheduled LTS, Debian Squeeze was not originally intended to have long term support. Originally Debian Squeeze was supposed to his its end of life on May 31, but the plan has now changed.

"We're happy to announce that security support for Squeeze is going to be extended until February 2016, i.e. five years after the initial release," Debian developer Moritz Muehlenhoff wrote in a mailing list message. "This effort is driven by various interested parties / companies which require longer security support."

The extended support for Squeeze will only be for x86 (i386 and amd64) and not other architectures.

3) Red Hat Atomic

Red Hat announced a new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Atomic Host edition this past week. The new version of RHEL will integrate the new Project Atomic effort which aims to build a version of RHEL that is optimized for Linux container (mostly Docker) delivery.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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