The next version of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution, to be released next week, will be the first to run on the Arm architecture, as well as the first edition to offer a new cloud service orchestration engine, called JuJu.
Canonical is due to release both the desktop and the server editions of its Linux-based distributions next Thursday. "It's early days, but its something to keep your eyes on," said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, who introduced the new features at the OpenStack conference, being held this week in Boston.
Ubuntu 11.10 will also come with the latest OpenStack cloud software, called Diablo, along with a new cloud services orchestration engine.
The distribution "is a good fit for big data workloads," Silber said.
The Arm architecture has grown increasingly popular in the past few years as manufacturers are creating more low-powered tablets powered with Arm chips. Microsoft announced that its next version of the Windows desktop OS, Windows 8, will run on Arm.