Ubuntu 10.4 will “help build next Google”

Mark Shuttleworth has begun drip feeding information on Ubuntu 10.04, now officially codenamed Lucid Lynx.

Shuttleworth is the founder of Ubuntu’s commercial sponsor Canonical, and in a video message to attendees of UbuCon he claimed that Lucid would be the platform for anybody “trying to build the next Google”.

“On the server side we’ll be taking the large-scale, horizontal-scalability, large-volume deployment heritage of Debian and looking to push that into cloud computing,” he told delegates.

“10.04, Lucid Lynx, is the platform for anybody who’s building large-scale infrastructure, whether you’re trying to build the next Facebook, or the next Google, or the next eBay. If you want to start on [Amazon’s cloud-platform] EC2 and migrate to your own managed cloud, Ubuntu 10.04 is going to be the platform for you.”

We’re at the very pinnacle of Gnome 2, but after Lucid our attention will be focused on bringing in the very best of new technologies, new architecture, new experiences of Gnome 3

On the desktop side, Shuttleworth claimed that Lucid would bring together the very best developments from the Gnome 2 desktop environment project, before the team turns its attention to Gnome 3.

“We’ll be focused on delivering the very best of Gnome 2. We’re at the very pinnacle of Gnome 2, but after Lucid our attention will be focused on bringing in the very best of new technologies, new architecture, new experiences of Gnome 3,” he noted.

Lucid Lynx will be the third long-term support (LTS) release by Ubuntu. LTS releases arrive bi-annually and are supported for three years on desktops and five years for servers.

He promised further information at the Ubuntu summit in November. Lucid Lynx is scheduled for release in April 2010.

Before then though we can look forward to the forthcoming Karmic Kola, which has just hit its sixth and final alpha.

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