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Ubuntu 9.10 Will Feature Cloud Computing

Ubuntu and Cloud Computing

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and leader of Canonical Ltd., the authors and distributors of the Ubuntu distro of Linux, announced the code name of the new version Friday and noted that the Ubuntu team had several priorities, including the design of the system’s “look”, according to a CNET article. The most interesting of the priorities, perhaps, was the inclusion of cloud computing features as a basic part of the package, especially on the server side of the release.

The statement released by Shuttleworth was very detailed, although somewhat metaphorical, in the area of cloud computing. The cloud computing section of the release reads as follows, in its entirety:

"A good Koala knows how to see the wood for the trees, even when her head is in the clouds. Ubuntu aims to keep free software at the forefront of cloud computing by embracing the API’s of Amazon EC2, and making it easy for anybody to setup their own cloud using entirely open tools. We’re currently in beta with official Ubuntu base AMI’s for use on Amazon EC2. During the Karmic cycle we want to make it easy to deploy applications into the cloud, with ready-to-run appliances or by quickly assembling a custom image. Ubuntu-vmbuilder makes it easy to create a custom AMI today, but a portfolio of standard image profiles will allow easier collaboration between people doing similar things on EC2. Wouldn’t it be apt for Ubuntu to make the Amazon jungle as easy to navigate as, say, APT?"

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Work as head of research and development at EDC (Egypt Development Center) a member of NTG. previously worked for Qlayer, Acquired by (Sun Microsystems), when my passion about cloud computing domain started. with more than 10 years of experience in software design and development in e-commerce, BPM, EAI, Web 2.0, Banking applications, financial market, Java and J2EE. HIPAA, SOX, BPEL and SOA, and late two year focusing on virtualization technology and cloud computing in studies, technical papers and researches, and international group participation and events. I've been awarded in recognition of innovation and thought leadership while working as IT Specialist at EDS (an HP Company). Also a member of the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF) and member of the UCI (Unified Cloud Interface) open source project, in which he contributed with the project architecture.