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[News] Canonical/Ubuntu Reaches Packaging Milestone, Takes Aim at Businesses

  • Subject: [News] Canonical/Ubuntu Reaches Packaging Milestone, Takes Aim at Businesses
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:49:42 +0100
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Weâve packaged all of the free softwareâwhat now?

,----[ Quote ]
| Today, virtually all of the free software 
| available can be found in packaged form in 
| distributions like Debian and Ubuntu. 
| Users of these distributions have access 
| to a library of thousands of applications, 
| ranging from trivial to highly 
| sophisticated software systems. Developers 
| can find a vast array of programming 
| languages, tools and libraries for 
| constructing new applications.
| This is possible because we have a mature 
| system for turning free software 
| components into standardized modules 
| (packages). Some software is more 
| difficult to package and maintain, and Iâm 
| occasionally surprised to find something 
| very useful which isnât packaged yet, but 
| in general, the software I want is 
| packaged and ready before I realize I need 
| it. Even the âlong tailâ of niche software 
| is generally packaged very effectively.


Ubuntu's "Free" Ride Into the Enterprise

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| That Linux is a significant player in the 
| enterprise comes as no surprise: 
| Enterprise customers are a lot easier from 
| which to generate revenue. It makes 
| economic sense: if you have a business 
| product to sell, it's far easier to sell 
| 1,000 products to one or two big companies 
| than to do all the footwork to sell 2,000 
| products to 2,000 companies. Or even among 
| 100 companies.
| For some time, the big commercial Linux 
| vendors have been happily wandering 
| orchard of low-hanging enterprise fruit, 
| almost completely eschewing markets such 
| as consumers or small- to medium-sized 
| businesses.
| That single-minded focus may not serve 
| them well against a relative newcomer to 
| the enterprise Linux market: a newcomer 
| that has quickly obtained a large 
| percentage of the desktop Linux market 
| and--more importantly--the hearts and 
| minds of Linux developers. 



20 vendors CIOs should watch, part 2

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| Canonical
| Any company that challenges the lucrative
| status quo is worth watching and with its
| Ubuntu Linux distribution, Canonical is
| challenging one of the great franchises in
| software history: Microsoft Windows. Ubuntu
| has become established as the simplest-to-use
| desktop Linux for many organisations (and
| hardware vendors) where Windows might appear
| pricey and overkill. Of course, PC makers are
| also looking at Google Android and other
| systems but if Ubuntu can make itself the
| free PC OS of choice for even a base set of
| configurations, tasks and workloads, it
| stands to become a new power broker.

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