Mark Shuttleworth personally took some time out of his busy schedule today to introduce the name and release date of the next Ubuntu upgrade: Gutsy Gibbon.
In addition to announcing Gibbon, Shuttleworth also announced a new “ultra-free” version of Ubuntu that can be expected alongside it.
The new “flavour” of Ubuntu will take “an ultra-orthodox view of licensing: no firmware, drivers, imagery, sounds, applications, or other content which do not include full source materials and come with full rights of modification, remixing and redistribution … for those who demand a super-strict interpretation of the ‘free’ in free software,” said Shuttleworth.
He said the new distro would be done in conjunction with the team behind Gnewsense, the Free Software Foundation-backed Gnu/Linux distribution.
Also in the mailing, Shuttleworth again pushes Ubuntu’s role as a server OS:
While Ubuntu is by no means the 800-pound gorilla in the server game, the Gibbon will show that lean and mean count for something! Agility of deployment, together with integrated management will be a focus for the Ubuntu server team. Gutsy will not be an LTS (Long Term Support) release, but it will nonetheless see a lot of server work and be useful for fast-moving server deployments.
You have to love our timing here at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com. Just yesterday we posted a feature on Ubuntu as a rising star in the server room. I think the potential is there, it remains to be seen if Canonical’s slow boil strategy can get some traction this year or next.