This week Ubuntu launched their 15.10 Wily Werewolf on October 22, 2015. This release had some great updates for server users such as LX-D and Autopilot OpenStack deployments to name a few upgrades. Under the hood, there is a big change for Intel Xeon D-1540 users: native drivers! We installed the latest release on an Intel Xeon D-1540 machine (Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN2F) that was being wiped and we were pleasantly surprised to see something quite different than with Ubuntu 15.04: network interfaces that showed up!
The impact is that for users of motherboards like the Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN2F we reviewed, this makes installation significantly easier. Of course, 15.10 has relatively short release support, but this is a major upgrade. It means that Intel Xeon D users can use 10Gbase-T networking out of the box.
Ubuntu has been one of our most utilized OSes simply because of the lack of SR-IOV support with the current Intel Xeon D series. We saw a few more Intel Xeon D motherboards on our trip to Taiwan this week. Rest assured, more are coming.