Canonical is suiting up for the coming microserver wars, confirming that Ubuntu Server 11.10 will run on ARM chips. Just under three years ago when ARM-based netbooks were taking the PC market by storm and iPad tablets were just a gleam in Steve Job's eye, Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux distro, made ARM processors full peers with x64 processors running its Ubuntu Desktop variant.
And now, perhaps at the dawn of an ARM-based server era that will see the x64 architecture get some tough competition for the first time in a decade, Canonical is getting out on the bleeding edge by supporting Ubuntu Server on ARM-based servers.
Chris Kenyon, vice president of OEM services at Canonical, has confirmed in a blog post that the upcoming "Oneiric Ocelot" Ubuntu 11.10 due in October would include a server variant that would boot on ARM-based machines. ARM support will not be an afterthought, but come out simultaneously for machines as well as x86 and x64 servers and support server-class chipsets and peripherals.