by Michael Rink

Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine Goes Live

Today Canonical released Ubuntu 19.10, "Eoan Ermine." The new version is coming out right on schedule and primarily makes it easier to work on artificial intelligence and other machine learning (AI/ML) tasks and improved Kubernetes support. 19.10 has been in beta for some time now and the stable release is coming out right on schedule. Canonical was founded in 2004 specifically to support Ubuntu and other open-source software projects.

Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) upgrades come in two forms. The first is that it ships with the most recent release of OpenStack, Train, which I covered earlier this month. OpenStack is a cloud operating system, and their just-released Train version has several nice updates that make machine learning tasks much more efficient. The second form is that Ubuntu Eoan Ermine includes the latest NVIDIA drivers because NVIDIA GPUs are very commonly used to accelerate AI workloads and having the latest drivers makes the GPUs perform notably better.

Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine has a lot of very nice improvements for Kubernetes users. The first of these is the addition of strict confinement to MicroK8s, a very low-footprint and easy to use Kubernetes setup. Strict confinement makes the MicroK8s safer and more secure, allowing them to be safely deployed at scale in edge environments. Eoan Ermine also allows several MicroK8s add-ons, including Kubeflow, Istio, Knative, CoreDNS, Prometheus, and Jaeger, to be deployed with a single command. A significant time-savings for IT teams. Kubeflow support is especially notable for the machine learning and AI capabilities it provides. Kubeflow allows developers to set-up, develop, test and scale to their production needs in minutes.

For desktop users, Canonical has invested significant resources into ensuring that their GNOME 3.34 desktop environment is the fastest release yet with significant performance improvements



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