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Here comes Ubuntu 9.04


Almost over-looked in the aftermath of the news of Oracle buying Sun, Canonical announced today, April 20th, that the final version of its next generation of Ubuntu, 9.04, will be available for download on April 23rd.

I’ve already reviewed the release candidate of Ubuntu 9.04, and I like it. I like it a lot.

Besides the main desktop release, Canonical is also releasing the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix. This is a version that’s designed to work well on the limited resources of a netbook like the Dell Mini 9. That said, you can, of course, run ordinary Ubuntu on a netbook.

The idea of the Remix isn’t just to be lightweight though. It has an easy-to-use interface for users who could care less about Linux, or any other operating system for that matter. While this may not be to the taste of hardcore Linux users, it may be just what’s needed to introduce new users to Linux.

Canonical is also continuing to show that Ubuntu is not just about the desktop. The company will also be releasing the next version of its Ubuntu Server offering.

In addition, the Server Edition will come with a preview of UEC (Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud). This will let you build your own cloud environment within your company. Then, if your own little cloud works for you, you can look into running your applications on Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, aka EC2.

Good times are just ahead for both business and home Ubuntu users.