Elsewhere in the in the desktop version of Ubuntu 12.10, Canonical has added the ability to automatically launch Web applications via screen icons. Canonical has been developing icons for Facebook and Google Mail, but users can create scripts to add other sites to the launching process, George said.
On the server, Canonical is emphasizing cloud capabilities and services accommodations in version 12.10. The upgrade supports the latest version of the OpenStack cloud stack, called Folsom, enabling groups of servers to be treated as one unit for private cloud installations, said George: "It looks like a really large cluster and you can deploy multiple virtual instances into that cluster." Administrators are saved from having to install applications multiple times to cover the cluster.
Version 12.10 also features the latest version of Ceph distributed storage technology, which handles massive increases in data. "What Ceph is aiming at is basically petabytes of storage," George said. Ceph 0.483 is supported, featuring bug fixes.
Another feature added to version 12.10 is the Juju service orchestration layer for deploying and managing applications. Juju, Mason said, understands dependencies such as connecting a database server to a website.
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