We are pleased to announce that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, and 14.10 are now in beta on Google Compute Engine [1, 2, 3].
These images support both the traditional user-data as well the Google Compute Engine startup scripts. We have included the Google Cloud SDK, pre-installed as well. Users coming from other Clouds can expect to have the same great experience as on other clouds, while enjoying the features of Google Compute Engine.
From an engineering perspective, a lot of us are excited to see this launch. While we don't expect too many rough edges, it is a beta, so feedback is welcome. Please file bugs or join us in #ubuntu-server on Freenode to report any issues (ping me, utlemming, rcj or Odd_Bloke).
Finally, I wanted to thank those that have helped on this project. Launching a cloud is not an easy engineering task. You have have build infrastructure to support the new cloud, create tooling to build and publish, write QA stacks, and do packaging work. All of this spans multiple teams and disciplines. The support from Google and Canonical's Foundations and Kernel teams have been instrumental in this launch, as well the engineers on the Certified Public Cloud team.
Getting the Google Cloud SDK:As part of the launch, Canonical and Google have been working together on packaging a version of the Google Cloud SDK. At this time, we are unable to bring it into the main archives. However, you can find it in our partner archive.
To install it run the following:
- echo "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -c -s) partner" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/partner.list
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get -y install google-cloud-sdk
Then follow the instruction for using the Cloud SDK at 
 https://cloud.google.com/sdk/gcloud/ Read more