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Swiss/U.S. infrastructure-as-a-service provider CloudSigma has joined the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in gaining Ubuntu certification — a move that should make it more attractive for those looking to deploy the much-used guest operating system. Ubuntu certification means CloudSigma, which pitches itself as a more highly configurable alternative to its rivals, is now integrated with Canonical’s repositories, so that the Ubuntu server images in CloudSigma’s marketplace are optimized and updated on a near-daily basis. Because CloudSigma now also has local mirrors of the Ubuntu archive, it’s also promising faster installation and patching than before, and of course, the Ubuntu tie-in means apps can be deployed into its cloud using JuJu.