Canonical Sets Ubuntu 8.10, Taps KVM Virtualization

Commercial Debian Linux distributor Canonical has given its moniker to the next iteration of its Ubuntu Linux, code-named "Intrepid Ibex" in keeping with the silly names the Ubuntu project uses and probably coming to market as Ubuntu 8.10 in October. The company has also talked a bit more about the Ubuntu 8.10 feature set, its use of KVM virtualization, and a reseller deal it has with IBM to peddle the DB2 Express-C development database.

Canonical's chief executive officer and Ubuntu project founder, Mark Shuttleworth, made the Intrepid Ibex announcement to the Ubuntu development list. "During the 8.10 cycle we will be venturing into interesting new territory, and we'll need the rugged adventurousness of a mountain goat to navigate tricky terrain," Shuttleworth explained in his posting announcing the upcoming release. "Our desktop offering will once again be a focal point as we re-engineer the user interaction model so that Ubuntu works as well on a high-end workstation as it does on a feisty little subnotebook. We'll also be reaching new peaks of performance--aiming to make the mobile desktop as productive as possible."