Canonical has announced that the latest version of the Ubuntu open source operating system will include support for ARM architecture.
The company, which recently announced a new partnership with HP at the OpenStack conference in Boston, revealed that the Ubuntu 11.10 will come with support for both x86 and ARM architecture.
Many believe the decision to bring ARM compatibility to the server version of Ubuntu 11.10 will allow Canonical to compete with other Linux-based software providers like RedHat and Suse as they are miles ahead of Canonical when it comes to server enterprise.
“We're thrilled to deliver multiple firsts with this release: a technology preview for the ARM architecture on servers, cloud infrastructure and Juju service orchestration in the box," said , chief executive of Ubuntu developer, Canonical, Jane Silber.
Canonicalsaid that although the support for ARM architecture in Ubuntu is available as a technology preview, the company plans to make the feature a part of its long term support.
The server version of Ubuntu includes features that make it ideal for cloud-based use. Meanwhile, HP recently announced that Ubuntu will be the lead and guest operating system in its OpenStack based Public Cloud platform.