Everyone has heard of Ubuntu Linux and how great it is on the desktop, but have you heard that there's a server version of that same uber-cool operating system? There is, and you should know about it. Ubuntu Server not only follows the same twice yearly updates (April and October) as its desktop counterpart does, but it also benefits from unsurpassed commercial support, consulting and training available through Canonical.
In the race to the data center, you might feel like you don't have room for yet another Linux-based operating system, but Ubuntu is different from the current No. 1 choice: It's free. You purchase support for it only if you need to or want to. And, the upcoming version, due for release next month, 10.04 LTS, is the long-term support version, making no time better than the present to connect with Ubuntu Server. Long-term support means that, should you select Ubuntu Server 10.04 for your data center needs, it's fully supported for five years after the release date. Canonical releases an LTS version every two years.
So, what is it that sets Ubuntu apart from its competitors? First, Ubuntu's parent Linux distribution is Debian. Debian, otherwise known as Debian GNU/Linux, has a faithful following due to its stability, its apt-get packaging system and its commitment to free software as defined by the Free Software Foundation.
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