Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent applications installed by default, every other package you can imagine available with a few clicks, and professional technical support from Canonical Limited and hundreds of other companies around the world. The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. Ubuntu is released regularly and predictably; a new release is made every six months.
Scale out with Ubuntu Server
The leading platform for scale-out computing, Ubuntu Server helps you make the most of your infrastructure. Whether you want to deploy an OpenStack cloud, a Hadoop cluster or a 50,000-node render farm, Ubuntu Server delivers the best value scale-out performance available.
What's new in 16.04 LTS
Performance and versatility
Agile, secure, deploy-anywhere technology for fast-moving companies
It doesn't matter whether you want to deploy a NoSQL database, web farm or cloud. Ubuntu has the performance and versatility you need. Certified by leading hardware OEMs and with comprehensive deployment tools, so you can get the most from your infrastructure. Our regular release cycle helps means that we support most of the latest applications. And our lean initial install and integrated deployment and orchestration technologies makes Ubuntu Server a great solution for simple deployment and management at scale.
Scale without limits
With no licence fees or subscription costs, Ubuntu Server can help you scale your data centre efficiently. Subscriptions to Ubuntu Advantage, Canonical's management programme, include support for unlimited virtualisation and, unlike other enterprise Linux distributions, the price does not increase with additional CPUs.
A release schedule you can depend on
Stay up-to-date with free and regular updates and upgrades. The Ubuntu Server release schedule fits in with your business needs. Standard releases every six months help you stay up-to-date with the very latest hardware and software changes. Long-term support (LTS) releases, supported for five years, are perfect if you're looking for more stability over a longer period of time.
Built for big data and cloud
Speed and simplicity, on bare metal or in the cloud. With its new rapid deployment tools, Ubuntu significantly speeds up the installation of server instances on bare metal. And our service orchestration tool, Juju, makes deploying big data services surprisingly simple - on bare metal or in the cloud. That's why vendors like 10gen, Cloudera, Couchbase, DataStax, Hortonworks, LexisNexis and Map-R partner with us.
The fast track to virtualization
Ready to boost efficiencies and reduce costs? Virtualize your servers with Ubuntu Server and KVM. When you use a secure, lean version of Ubuntu as a guest operating system for your application, you can create virtual machine images in minutes. KVM, Xen, VMware and LXC are all supported.
A thriving community
Exchange expertise and ideas with thousands of other IT professionals. Want to talk to other Ubuntu users straightaway? Share ideas and get advice and help from our large, active community of IT professionals. As a community, we set high standards for friendliness and tolerance, we welcome your questions and contributions!