Sun to take Ubuntu into the data centre on Niagara
Sun has officially announced that Ubuntu Dapper Drake will run on its UltraSPARC T1 processor. With Canonical having said that Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long-Term Support) is to be the first corporate distribution in its short but eventful history, the announcement adds meat to its promise by taking Ubuntu into the data centre.
The UltraSPARC T1 – also known as the Niagara – runs Sun's current range of Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers. Through the OpenSPARC initiative, Canonical engineering and the Ubuntu community were given open access to the design of the UltraSPARC T1 processor. The release of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution on UltraSPARC T1 took only ten weeks after the open source release of the chip design.
Sun had some very nice things to say about the distribution started by South African Mark Shuttleworth: