Bring on Prague, Bring on the Intrepid Ibex!

Yesterday Jono Bacon announced that the next Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) will be held from May 19 - 23 in Prague.  This is very cool for two reasons: 1) I've never been to Prague and 2) our Net Beans team is located there and will be able to attend in force.

 
The intrepid Jono Bacon about to make his debut on the Sun's SDN channel.  (I'm hoping to get this interview posted in the not too distant future.)

The Prague UDS, like the others before it, will serve as the planning session for the upcoming release which in this case will be Ubuntu "8.10ish" (looks like the October timing isn't exactly set in stone at this point).  As is tradition, yesterday the release was also given a pre-release alliterative animal name.  Alphabetically Ubuntu is now on "I" and rather than going with something common like an Iguana, the four legged beast that Mark revealed was an Ibex and an Intrepid one at that. 

According to Mark the focus for this Fall release will be mobility i.e. the ability to access the web through a variety of wireless technologies to be able to move from the office, to the train, and home, staying connected all the way.  They are also looking to beef up the desktop version so that it also can serve as a high-end workstation.

Virtual box and Ubuntu

And speaking of Ubuntu, I recently came across this entry that tells how to install Virtual Box on Ubuntu in three easy steps.  As you may remember a couple of weeks ago Sun announced that we would be acquiring the company.  Hopefully the Virtual Box team will also be at UDS Prague and I can meet them there.

And last, but not least, lets not forget Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) aka Hardy Heron.  This is Ubuntu's second LTS release and like the releases before will feature a lot of cool Sun Java Software.   We are about two months away from the April 24 release and counting...

Pau for now....

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