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[News] Ubuntu GNU/Linux Tips and Canonical's Possible Business Model

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5 easy steps to become an Ubuntu power user for newbies.

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| Step 4- Experiment with your system.
| The only sure fire way to be a Linux geek is to practice, and what better 
| practice is there than to experiment with your own system. Always have a 
| backup of your system and experiment with other ways of using Ubuntu. Do not 
| just settle for the default setup of your installation. Apply the skills and 
| tips you learn in the above books as much as you can, read about other 
| methods of getting things done and apply them. Read wide and apply more. Be 
| sure to always backup  your system though. Try using other utilities like 
| Compiz and a host of others. Experiment with how to make your system unique 
| and you will be surprised at how much you get to learn by doing.        


Canonical Landscape May Target Ubuntu Linux VARs

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| Canonical also continues to build its channel partner network â formulating 
| close relationships with training centers that specialize in Ubuntu Server 
| Edition and Desktop Edition.  
| Meanwhile, Linux rivals arenât resting on their laurels. Red Hat this week 
| announced channel partner specializations focused on infrastructure (Linux), 
| middleware (JBoss) and virtualization. And Novell is enhancing its ISV 
| (independent software vendor) relations with new SUSE Linux appliances.   


They also make money from sub-notebooks. The NYT says they have a revenue of
$20 million.


Canonical wants Netbook partners to open drivers for Ubuntu

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| We took our first look at components of the Ubuntu Netbook Remix last week
| shortly after it was announced at the Computex show in Taiwan. Canonical's
| original announcement provided little insight into plans for subnotebooks
| based on the software and left questions unanswered about how the Netbook
| Remix will be distributed, but a blog entry by Canonical boss Mark
| Shuttleworth offers some answers, along with news that Canonical will push
| hardware partners to release open source drivers.
| [...]
| The revelation of OEM partnerships implies that we will likely see the
| Netbook Remix on upcoming subnotebook devices from mainstream hardware
| vendors. In light of Dell's existing relationship with Canonical, the
| recently unveiled mini laptop from Dell is a likely candidate for Ubuntu
| Netbook adoption. What we have seen so far of the software is impressive, and
| the final product will likely be a lot more polished than current options
| like the flavor of Xandros that Asus ships on the Eee.


Trying Out Ubuntu's Netbook Remix

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| In a blog posting this morning by Mark Shuttleworth about Netbook Remix, he
| mentions Canonical is currently working with two other companies to design
| more radical user interfaces for their mobile products. Mark also
| mentioned, "The aim was to do something very simple that could be tested
| easily, work with touch devices and made shippable very quickly. It also
| needed to be efficient on lower-power devices, and work well with Intel
| hardware, which seems to be the preferred platform for this generation of
| devices and allows us to slip a few nice effects in that would be hard
| without the right hardware support."


Hands on with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix

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| Canonical is positioning itself to take the lead on software in the
| subnotebook market, but a big piece of the puzzle is still absent: customers.
| Although Canonical is working closely with Intel on reference designs, there
| is no word yet about potential commercial adopters for the Netbook Remix. No
| major OEMs have revealed plans to use it yet and Canonical is still actively
| looking for new partners in the hardware space. Regardless of whether it gets
| picked up by hardware makers like Asus, it is sure to be a big hit with
| Ubuntu's fans. The fact that so many users are installing the regular desktop
| version of Ubuntu on their Eee laptops is strong indication that there is
| demand for Ubuntu on subnotebooks.


The Ultimate Ultraportable?

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| As I've noted a number of times, I think the appearance of the ultraportable
| platform will provide a huge boost for GNU/Linux among ordinary users, and
| prove to be a watershed in the history of open source. The combination of
| ultraportable form factor with Ubuntu's ease-of-use will only magnify that
| effect. And if the rumours about Dell's new mini Inspiron running Ubuntu
| (presumably the Netbook Remix) prove correct, we could be witnessing the
| birth of the ultimate ultraportable.


Otellini: 'MID revolution will be centred round Linux'

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| Intel CEO says Microsoft's insistence on pushing Vista will hand market to
| open source rival
| Intel's CEO has said that he sees the revolution that is about to happen
| around mobile internet devices (MID) such as the Eee PC and other Atom-based
| sub-notebooks will be "centred round Linux", in an interview with Associated
| Press.



Intel: Why Open-Source Drivers Work

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| He also mentioned that a major OEM is requiring that by next year their
| hardware suppliers must either have an open-source driver available or be
| able to provide an open-source driver within the next twelve months. The
| likely company that comes to mind is Dell but Dirk refused to comment any
| further. Â Â


Dell pushes for better Linux drivers

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| Amit Bhutani told a session at the Ubuntu Live 2007 conference that Dell has
| several "areas of investigation" when it comes to Linux.


Dell Wants Better ATI Linux Drivers

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| At Ubuntu Live 2007, Amit Bhutani had a session on Ubuntu Linux for Dell
| Consumer Systems, where he had shared a slide with Dell's "area of
| investigation", which Amit had said is essentially their Linux road-map. Amit
| had also stated that the NVIDIA 2D and 3D video drivers were "challenges in
| platform enablement". Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the
| driver must be improved for the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source,
| but improved).


Ubuntu plus Dell equals better support for devices in Linux

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| One of the best things that has happened to Linux enthusisasts the world over
| is the confluence of two big players one in the Linux arena (Ubuntu aka
| Canonical) and the other in the PC hardware space (Dell). And the end users
| have already started reaping the benefits.


Pre-loaded Linux = Increased adoption?

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| "I think Dell pre-loading Linux will have a significant impact on
| Linux adoption, although not necessarily because so many end
| users comfortable with Windows will decide to switch. Rather,
| Dell's involvement will motivate many hardware manufacturers
| to make reliable Linux drivers available, the lack of which
| has significantly retarded the adoption of Linux by many
| individuals and organizations interested in trying out Linux.
| By reducing the barrier of drivers and thereby enabling these
| trials, Linux will start to achieve some momentum, which will
| in turn increase its adoption rate. So, I applaud Dell for
| moving forward on this initiative."


Linux: Driver Support is Key

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| Dell recognizes the importance of open source, GPL-licensed drivers
| which are maintained upstream in kernel.org. They allow users the
| widest choice of Linux distributions, effectively taking the
| specific hardware and distribution out of the decision-making
| process and let you focus on solving your business problems. We
| will work with our hardware partners to develop, test, and
| maintain Free drivers, and continue to make progress towards
| that goal for all drivers.

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