Expanding the Ubuntu Server Community
I’ve put out a call for help for server interested folks to start working with upstreams. On top of that we’ve got a new contributor on Community Team at Canonical, Ahmed Kamal, who’s grabbed the bull by the horns and helped step up to grow the server community (cloud and otherwise), along with the always amazing Dave Walker.
Now that 10.04.1 is out the door here are some of the reasons I think Ubuntu Server rocks, add your own!
- Cloud, out of the box. Both private and public. Wether you dig the EC2 work spearheaded by Eric Hammond (with thanks to Scott Moser for continuing the work), or you want to run your own via Eucalyptus, you can do that. Did you know you can customize your -server images on boot?
- Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud has been focused on getting you from ISO to cloud in about 5 questions and 20 minutes.
- Did I mention we give you Puppet out of the box? And we don’t just ship it, we participate with the folks at Puppet Labs to deliver you the best Puppet experience … and we take that one step further when it comes to /etc, by integrating it all with etckeeper and bzr.
- Check out tomcat6-instance-create, easily allows one to setup multiple separate tomcat instances for any user, while still benefiting from distro upgrades.
- Little nice things, like a full blown window manager for the CLI in Byobu, command-not-found, an entire easy to use LAMP stack in one command.
- Amazing ClamAV support.
- An ever growing list of daily builds of server upstreams to help you test those dev boxes, maintained by Chuck Short.
- All wrapped up with great security support, with apparmor profiles for cupds, openldap, mysql, bind, clamav, tcpdump, dhcp (client and server), ntpd, libvirtd (and guests), and apache2.
You’ll also find Ubuntu Server folks collaborating with Debian on tomcat6, puppet, postfix, bind9, apache2, and php5, to mention a few.
Whew, what a list! What’s your favorite server feature? Like server stuff? Check out the Official Ubuntu Server Book, Second Edition. If you are not familiar with the first edition, the book is authored by Kyle Rankin, one of the columnists for Linux Journal.