Ubuntu Ascending

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Mark Shuttleworth is about to make history again.

Four years ago, he became the second human in history to journey into space as a "tourist." Now, closer to home, he's expected to make a mark with the release of Ubuntu Dapper Drake, which may well challenge enterprise Linux frontrunners Red Hat and Novell and change the enterprise Linux landscape.

Shuttleworth's Canonical Inc. is the main sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, which is Debian GNU/Linux-derived. Ubuntu had only been making rapid distribution releases, typically six to nine months in length.

The last Ubuntu release, code-named Breezy Badger, was released in October. Before that it was Hoary Hedgehog in April.

Dapper Drake is different from its predecessors in a number of ways.

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