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Ubuntu Security Update on VENOM (CVE-2015-3456) [UPDATED]

Canonical News, Cloud, Engineering, open source, Server, Ubuntu Advantage

A buffer overflow in the virtual floppy disk controller of QEMU has been discovered. An attacker could use this issue to cause QEMU to crash or execute arbitrary code in the host’s QEMU process. This issue is mitigated in a couple ways on Ubuntu when using libvirt to manage QEMU virtual machines, which includes OpenStack’s […]

Ten years of Ubuntu

Canonical News, Cloud, Desktop, open source, Phone

Today marks 10 years of Ubuntu and the release of the 21st version. That is an incredible milestone and one which is worthy of reflection and celebration. I am fortunate enough to be spending the day at our devices sprint with 200+ of the folks that have helped make this possible. There are of course […]

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Ubuntu Security Update on Poodle (CVE-2014-3566) and SSLv3 Downgrade Attack

Canonical News, Cloud, Desktop, open source, Server, Ubuntu Advantage

The following is an update on Ubuntu’s response to the latest Internet emergency security issue, POODLE (CVE-2014-3566), in combination with an SSLv3 downgrade vulnerability. Vulnerability Summary “SSL 3.0 is an obsolete and insecure protocol. While for most practical purposes it has been replaced by its successors TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2, many TLS implementations remain backwards­ […]

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Cycling in London


As the CEO of Canonical, I am proud of the growth of the team in London.  From a team of 5 around a kitchen table in London 10 years ago, the business has grown to 650 employees globally of which over 100 are based in London. Like many businesses in London, one of the most […]

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Supporting net neutrality and the Internet Slowdown

Canonical News, open source, Services

On 10th September 2014, Canonical are joining in with Internet Slowdown day to support the fight for net neutrality. Along with Reddit, Tumblr, Boing Boing, Kickstarter and many more sites, we will be sporting banners on our main sites, and If there were Internet slow lanes, you’d still be waiting. Protect Internet freedom. […]

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“Sometimes the best man for the job isn’t.”

Canonical News, open source

The social and business value of having a diverse workforce is well documented.  Equally well documented is the relative lack of women in technology, and in open source. At Canonical we are working hard to build a globally diverse workforce. We are well positioned to do so, particularly building on our open source roots, and […]

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Cloud, open source, Server

Today is a big day for Ubuntu and a big day for cloud computing: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is released. Everyone involved with Ubuntu can’t help but be impressed and stirred about the significance of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. We are impressed because Ubuntu is gaining extensive traction outside of the tech luminaries such as Netflix, Snapchat […]

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Shutting down Ubuntu One file services

Canonical News, Ubuntu One

Today we are announcing plans to shut down the Ubuntu One file services.  This is a tough decision, particularly when our users rely so heavily on the functionality that Ubuntu One provides.  However, like any company, we want to focus our efforts on our most important strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too […]

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An insight into supporting OpenStack

Cloud, Engineering, open source, Server

It is pretty well known that most of the OpenStack clouds running in production today are based on Ubuntu. Companies like Comcast, NTT, Deutsche Telekom, Bloomberg and HP all trust Ubuntu Server as the right platform to run OpenStack. A fair proportion of the Ubuntu OpenStack users out there also engage Canonical to provide them […]

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When it comes to cloud and scale out, Ubuntu has the winning model

Cloud, open source

Two of the most frequently asked questions about Ubuntu and Canonical are: * So, just how do you make money when Ubuntu is free? and * Ubuntu is great for developers, but is it really suitable for ‘enterprise use’? We’re trying to do things differently, so we’re not surprised by these questions. What many people […]

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