The day has come. Canonical will launch Ubuntu 16.04 LTS today, Version that will include the new format of packages «snap» and LXD hypervisor of pure content. The version known as Xenial Xerus will be the latest version of the world’s most widely used Linux operating system on computers, the Internet and clouds, although logically they can’t say the same in a mobile sector largely dominated by Android (a system that, for to me, it is not 100% Linux to be a Java virtual machine).
As you all know, an LTS release or Long Term Support is supported and maintained by Canonical for five years, Which allows it to be more stable, reliable, secure and cost-effective for large-scale and long-term implementations. This is Ubuntu’s sixth LTS release and will be the first time the platform is compatible with it mainframes, The largest and most powerful operating systems.
The day has come: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will be released today
The new features in this release will make the delivery and software operations are faster and simpler. As Dustin Kirkland says, “Adding ‘snaps’ for faster and simpler upgrades, and the ultra-fast, ultra-dense cloud computing LXD hypervisor demonstrates a commitment to customer needs that put Ubuntu as a platform for innovation and scaling«. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS snaps can be installed like other traditional .deb packages while allowing Ubuntu to maintain its development and upgrade processes.
the snap format it is much easier to secure and much easier to produce, and also offers operational benefits for organizations that manage many Ubuntu devices, as it will offer more robust updates and more secure applications across all form factors, from phones up to the clouds.
Creating snaps for developers has been simplified with the introduction of a tool called «Snapcraft»Allows you to easily create and package applications from source code to .deb packages. The snaps allow developers to deliver much newer versions of their applications to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which should solve the issue of waiting with free platforms and also allow users to stay on a stable basis for longer, at the same time that we will enjoy the latest versions of the applications.
LXD, a world-class cloud and container computing platform
Another key feature is the launch of LXD, The pure hypervisor container that delivers much higher densities and speeds of up to 14x for Linux clients when compared to established traditional virtualization. LXD is part of lxc 2.0, the latest release of the Linux Containers project and the basis for almost all PAAS infrastructures that are in production today. Using LXD as a hypervisor for OpenStack allows for higher workload density and has lower latency than other existing cloud infrastructures today.
On the other hand, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will include support for ZFS, A combination of volume manager and file system that allows for greater efficiency, cloning copy-on-write, Continuous integrity check against corrupt data, automatic file repair and data compression. ZFS-on-Linux is a mature work-based file system released 10 years ago by Sun Microsystems under a free software license and is widely used in cloud and container operations in Ubuntu.
Continuing with the theme of storage, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS also includes CephFS, A distributed file system that provides an ideal platform for large-scale enterprise storage for open-ended cluster computing.
In short, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS creates a common platform for cloud and computer storage across a wide range of devices ranging from some microcomputers such as Raspberry Pi, through standard Intel / AMD servers 32 and 64 -bits and reaching the most powerful systems such as IBM Z, LinuxONE or Power8. Are you ready to install on your PC?