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Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot Will have ARM Support in the Server Edition

Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot is around the corner. It is the successor to  Natty Narwhal and brings promising improvements over it. Although many people are unimpressed by the beta release of Oneiric Ocelot, it has some impressive features nonetheless.

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A new Firefox, a revamped software center and other behind the scene changes all sum up to deliver a beautifully done Linux distro. However, one of those important behind the scene changes is ARM support. Canonical has said that Ubuntu 11.10 will be the first to support both ARM and x86 processor architectures. In reality, the support for ARM devices was introduced in version 11.04, but it was only for the desktop edition. With ARM support in the server edition, Ubuntu can claim full ARM support.

Canonical CEO  Jane Silber puts this as,

I know none of you are building your cloud on ARM architecture yet, but its a very promising architecture, and we’re very proud to be working with the leaders in that part of the ecosystem to bring that new capability to the open source world first. It is a significant move.

This shows how important servers with ARM processors will become in future. Ubuntu simply wants to be ready for the day this happens. The current Linux server market is easily dominated by Red Hat but Ubuntu has enough space to compete with it, once ARM heads into the server market, full-on.

A taste of the  new Unity interface in Ubuntu 11.10  should get you warmed up for the arrival.

Keep a tab on the  Ubuntu Oneiric countdown  for the final  release on October 13.

Nginx Becomes a Company, Brings in More Process and Ensures a Better Product

Nginx is an HTTP and reverse proxy server famous for its slick performance. A few days back, the people behind the Nginx project decided to form a company and thus set standards for all their operations. Nginx is not as popular as Apache but it is indeed a better option than Apache if you want peak performance and can manage the correct setup. The  servers at Techie-buzz  are also powered by Nginx because it is lightweight and uses lesser memory than traditional Apache servers.
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Nginx  (pronounced engine-x) is a lightweight, high-performance  Web server/reverse proxy  and  e-mail  (IMAP/POP3) proxy, licensed under a  BSD-like license and written by  Igor Sysoev. It has been running for more than five years on many heavily loaded Russian sites including  Rambler(RamblerMedia.com). According to Netcraft Nginx served or proxied  4.70% busiest sites in April 2010. Here are some of success stories:  FastMail.FM,  Wordpress.com.

Nginx is fast and efficient. The statistics above prove that it is suitable for high loads and can handle them efficiently because of its built-in features. A recent announcement on the official Nginx website says;

Recently it became very clear for me that because of increasing popularity of Nginx and the volume of work required to develop the code and doing support, I really need to put it at another level.

So, I have decided to focus even more on Nginx and established Nginx as a company to fully dedicate myself to the project.

The open-source community welcomes this news. Very few companies in this world deal exclusively in Open Source software. Out of those, fewer have made it big in the tech-industry. People are already comparing the business model of Nginx to that of RedHat, which deals in support and consulting. RedHat has formed a profitable business out of OSS with this model. It is expected that the Nginx project will go into the support business with this model and earn good revenue.

A company brings a lot of bureaucracy along with it. However, as time goes by, people learn to appreciate the processes within a company. At the end of the day, this allows seamless operations and provides a platform over which the business can grow, irrespective of the scale of business at a later stage. For Nginx, this move will provide an authoritative branding and attract more enterprise customers.