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Enabling Ubuntu 16.04 for IBM LinuxONE: A view from the IBM test team

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When IBM announced the new IBM LinuxONE systems in August 2015, IBM and Canonical also announced plans to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE.

While IBM had already a strong partnership with Red Hat and SUSE, delivering the enterprise Linux versions RHEL and SLES for LinuxONE, the collaboration with Canonical was announced to enlarge the scale-out and cloud capabilities of the LinuxONE platform.

Running Linux on the LinuxONE platform provides customers all the specific platform benefits like security, outstanding scalability, reliability and security in combination with the benefits the open source operating system Linux.

IBM and Canonical: Working Together

Since the announcement, the IBM development and distribution test teams for Linux on LinuxONE have been working very closely with the Canonical team to enable Ubuntu 16.04 for LinuxONE.

As an IBM distribution test team lead located at the IBM Germany Development Lab, I am closely involved in the enablement of Ubuntu for LinuxONE. The IBM team in Boeblingen is working with all Linux distribution partners and the open source community to provide an enterprise Linux for our LinuxONE customers.

Starting with an Alpha driver and moving to a beta program in March, the quality of Ubuntu on LinuxONE consistently improved, enabling an enterprise Linux product that is available for you to use today. Canonical delivered new builds with amazing speed, including new functionality and fixes. They delivered frequent updates with an up-to-date Linux kernel, latest package levels, and all the most cutting-edge modern functions, like Docker 1.10 and many others.

It was a challenging task, but fun to work with Canonical on enabling Ubuntu 16.04 for the LinuxONE platform. It has been amazing to see how quickly Canonical built up the skills for LinuxONE. While LinuxONE is a new platform for Canonical, they took the challenge to enable Ubuntu 16.04 in a short time frame of only 6 months. I can say that our working relationship with Canonical was truly agile and focused, and the results we achieved with Ubuntu 16.04 overachieved all our expectations.

Bringing Ubuntu to the Enterprise with IBM LinuxONE

LinuxONE is known as an enterprise platform for Linux that hosts business critical solutions. With the need for businesses to enable new features and functions quickly, and the fast adaption of the LinuxONE platform by Canonical proves that LinuxONE is a great platform to get started to develop and deploy next generation applications. These apps will often be based on open source products like Docker, OpenStack or databases like Maria DB or Mongo DB, and will connect existing data with mobile and data analytic functions, therefore providing higher value for the business.

This being said, enabling Ubuntu for LinuxONE was just an obvious step. Canonical is providing exactly the same Ubuntu content for LinuxONE as they do for other platforms, and LinuxONE is now part of their standard release cycle.

As an IBM team lead of a young international team of Linux test engineers, I can state that all of us are very impressed with the powerful combination of Ubuntu and LinuxONE. And at Canonical, which is a relatively new company, their young and highly skilled Linux and open source experts are very impressed with the capabilities of the LinuxONE platform.

It is time to think again and to reconsider the Linux platform! Download a complimentary download of Ubuntu 16.04 on LinuxONE.

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