The Server Edition of the June 1st 2006 release of Ubuntu will include a mechanism to set up a standardised, certified and supported LAMP server with a single command. The feature reduces the setup time for companies providing hosted LAMP services as well as making it easier for organisations to set up and maintain their own LAMP standardised servers.
“This new functionality is a first step towards the simplification of common server deployment scenarios using Ubuntu” said Fabio Massimo Di Nitto, product manager of Ubuntu Server Edition.
“We aim to bring the same ease of deployment and integration to the server for which Ubuntu has become well known on the desktop. The new Ubuntu Server Edition provides a well-integrated platform for deploying a new server with any of the standard internet services: mail, web, dns, file serving or database management. The LAMP installation option brings together several of these components to reduce setup time and the risk of misconfiguration when integrating these services, and is the first of many improvements we envision for reducing setup headaches for common server configurations” added Adam Conrad, Ubuntu's lead LAMP developer.
The term “LAMP” refers to “Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP”, four ingredients of the world's most widely used framework for dynamic website publishing. While many variations on the LAMP theme exist, these four components are most commonly deployed together. The process of integrating these components will often take several hours per server and leaves room for the introduction of security vulnerabilities or unnecessary variation in configuration between different systems. With the introduction of a standardised LAMP setup the new Ubuntu Server Edition will reduce both the cost of ownership of large numbers of LAMP servers, and the risk of misconfiguration.
This announcement follows the recent announcement of collaboration, certification and support between MySQL and Ubuntu. As announced at the recent MySQL Users Conference, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is a fully supported platform for certified MySQL solutions. In addition, Canonical Ltd, sponsors of Ubuntu, provides technical support for the full suite of components in this stack.
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