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Old 02-22-2009, 11:30 PM
Damien Hull
Default Fwd: Introducing the Karmic Koala, our mascot for Ubuntu 9.10

If you haven't read what Mark and the Ubuntu team are up to you should read this. I'm also trying to test some mailing list features. I was unable to forward this to a different list.


----- "Mark Shuttleworth" <mark@ubuntu.com> wrote:

> Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the *Karmic Koala*, the
> newest member of our alliterative menagerie.
> When you are looking for inspiration beyond the looming Jaunty
> feature
> freeze, I hope you'll think of the Koala, our official mascot for
> Ubuntu
> 9.10. And if you'll bear with me for a minute I'll set the scene for
> what we hope to achieve in that time.
> Server
> A good Koala knows how to see the wood for the trees, even when her
> head
> is in the clouds. Ubuntu aims to keep free software at the forefront
> of
> cloud computing by embracing the API's of Amazon EC2, and making it
> easy
> for anybody to setup their own cloud using entirely open tools. We're
> currently in beta with official Ubuntu base AMI's for use on Amazon
> EC2.
> During the Karmic cycle we want to make it easy to deploy
> applications
> into the cloud, with ready-to-run appliances or by quickly assembling
> a
> custom image. Ubuntu-vmbuilder makes it easy to create a custom AMI
> today, but a portfolio of standard image profiles will allow easier
> collaboration between people doing similar things on EC2. Wouldn't it
> be
> apt for Ubuntu to make the Amazon jungle as easy to navigate as, say,
> APT?
> What if you want to build an EC2-style cloud of your own? Of all the
> trees in the wood, a Koala's favourite leaf is Eucalyptus. The
> Eucalyptus project, from UCSB, enables you to create an EC2-style
> cloud
> in your own data center, on your own hardware. It's no coincidence
> that
> Eucalyptus has just been uploaded to universe and will be part of
> Jaunty
> - during the Karmic cycle we expect to make those clouds dance, with
> dynamically growing and shrinking resource allocations depending on
> your
> needs. A savvy Koala knows that the best way to conserve energy is to
> go
> to sleep, and these days even servers can suspend and resume, so
> imagine
> if we could make it possible to build a cloud computing facility that
> drops its energy use virtually to zero by napping in the midday heat,
> and waking up when there's work to be done. No need to drink at the
> energy fountain when there's nothing going on. If we get all of this
> right, our Koala will help take the edge off the bear market.
> If that sounds rather open and nebulous, then we've hit the sweet
> spot
> for cloud computing futurology. Let me invite you to join the server
> team at UDS in Barcelona, when they'll be defining the exact set of
> features to ship in October.
> Desktop
> First impressions count. We're eagerly following the development of
> kernel mode setting, which promises a smooth and flicker-free
> startup.
> We'll consider options like Red Hat's Plymouth, for graphical boot on
> all the cards that support it. We made a splash years ago with
> Usplash,
> but it's time to move to something newer and shinier. So the good
> news
> is, boot will be beautiful. The bad news is, you won't have long to
> appreciate it! It only takes 35 days to make a whole Koala, so we
> think
> it should be possible to bring up a stylish desktop much faster. The
> goal for Jaunty on a netbook is 25 seconds, so let's see how much
> faster
> we can get you all the way to a Koala desktop. We're also hoping to
> deliver a new login experience that complements the graphical boot,
> and
> works well for small groups as well as very large installations.
> For those of you who can relate to Mini Me, or already have a Dell
> Mini,
> the Ubuntu Netbook Edition will be updated to include all the latest
> technology from Moblin, and tuned to work even better on screens that
> are vertically challenged. With millions of Linux netbooks out there,
> we
> have been learning and adapting usability to make the Koala cuddlier
> than ever. We also want to ensure that the Netbook Remix installs
> easily
> and works brilliantly on all the latest netbook hardware, so consider
> this a call for testing Ubuntu 9.04 if you're the proud owner of one
> of
> these dainty items.
> The desktop will have a designer's fingerprints all over it - we're
> now
> beginning the serious push to a new look. Brown has served us well
> but
> the Koala is considering other options. Come to UDS for a preview of
> the
> whole new look.
> UDS in Barcelona, 25-29 May
> As always, the Ubuntu Developer Summit will be jam-packed with ideas,
> innovations, guests and gurus. It's a wombat and dingbat-free zone,
> so
> if you're looking for high-intensity developer discussions, beautiful
> Barcelona will be the place to rest your opposable thumbs in May.
> It's
> where the Ubuntu community, Canonical engineers and partners come
> together to discuss, debate and design the Karmic Koala. The event is
> the social and strategic highlight of each release cycle. Jono Bacon,
> the Ubuntu Community Manager has more details at
> http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/02/19/announcing-the-karmic-koala-ubuntu-developer-summit/
> including sponsorship for heavily-contributing community members.
> More details of the Ubuntu Developer Summit can be found at
> http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS.
> A newborn Koala spends about six months in the family before it heads
> off into the wild alone. Sounds about perfect for an Ubuntu release
> plan! I'm looking forward to seeing many of you in Barcelona, and
> before
> that, at a Jaunty release party. Till then, cheers.
> Mark
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