Topic: Engineering

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 […]

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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ARM Server Explained


You have probably started to notice a continuous buzz around ARM Servers for the last few months: Calxeda (an System on  a Chip maker) presented their solution at UDS-Q. HP announced their moonshot program, which Canonical is playing a key role in Dell also unveiled their ARM Server strategy and the list goes on .. […]

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Ubuntu ARM Server AMI on Amazon EC2

Cloud, Engineering

Have you been wondering if your Web application will work with the new generation of Hyperdense ARM Servers? Now you can easily find out by using Ubuntu and Amazon Web Services. For over 4 years, Canonical has been supporting Linux on ARM. Ubuntu Server 12.04 is our first Long Term Support on ARM. As a […]

A UDS restrospective

Canonical News, Cloud, Desktop, Engineering, Server

The Ubuntu Developer Summit  last week was an incredible event. The energy, excitement and passion around Ubuntu was palpable in the sessions, hallways and the neighbouring streets and restaurants. (The riot police were there for the Occupy protest, not UDS!) Over 650 attendees came from all over the world, the local environs, and we even […]

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Improving Hardware Support in Ubuntu


Anthony Wong, Project Technical Lead at Canonical, presented our process for improving hardware support in Ubuntu at our 2011 Hardware Summit.  He did such a good job that I asked him to distill the essence of his presentation into a blog post. This is what he had to say: Ubuntu has always been dedicated to […]

Ubuntu IVI Remix Next Release


The latest Ubuntu In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) Remix is released as of December 2011. This release contains a number of updates and bugfixes from the previous Beta 1 release, as well as a targeted kernel from the Ubuntu kernel tree. It is now fully in sync with the standard Ubuntu desktop and server releases, allowing developers […]




Coinciding with the 2011 Ubuntu Hardware Summit, we are launching a new portal aimed to help engineers at device manufacturers shipping Ubuntu systems: The Ubuntu community is great. It provides users and developers with lots and lots of useful information. This means that sometimes finding the right informationfor you can take a bit longer […]

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White Paper: Secure Boot impact on Linux

Canonical News, Engineering

Last month Steven Sinofsky from Microsoft announced new requirements for manufacturers wanting to ship Windows 8 systems, including a feature called “Secure Boot”. Canonical, together with Red Hat, today publishes a white paper highlighting the implications of these requirements for users and manufacturers. The paper also provides recommendations on how to implement “Secure Boot”, to […]

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Matt Zimmerman leaving Canonical

Canonical News, Engineering

I joined Canonical in June of 2004 as a member of the founding team, before we even had a name for the company. In June 2011, after just over seven years as Ubuntu CTO, I will be leaving Canonical in search of new challenges. It has been my privilege to have played a part in […]