Sunday, July 22

Ubuntu Creator Reaches Out to Novell, Red Hat

By The VAR Guy 5 comments

Canonical founder and Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth is calling for an open dialog with Red Hat, Novell and other major Linux distribution providers.
Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth
The potential discussions, he hopes, could lead to a rather dramatic series of developments in 2010.

During a keynote speech this morning at Ubuntu LIVE, Shuttleworth said he wants the Linux ecosystem to coordinate the timing of their major product releases. The discussions, he hopes, will occur over the next few months.

Shuttleworth’s goal is to ensure Ubuntu, Red Hat, Novell and other major providers have a blockbuster lineup of new, coordinated offerings in 2010. It’s Sunday, folks, so I’m not sure how Novell and Red Hat will react and they’re not available for comment. However, the announcement by Shuttleworth essentially tries to rally the Linux market to offer enterprises releases on a predictable two-year schedule (2008, 2010, 2012, etc.).

While Ubuntu is most familiar on the desktop, Canonical continues to gain momentum on the server, Shuttleworth says. Roughly 70 percent of support inquiries to Canonical involve Ubuntu server deployments, Shuttleworth indicated.

Stay tuned for continued coverage of Ubuntu LIVE throughout July 22 and 23. Also, check out for consumer-related coverage of the event.

Comments (5)

  1. I think Red Hat and Novell would do well to listen to what Mark’s saying. If I remember correctly Ubuntu is already working more closely with Linspire on the desktop side of things. A bit of unity in Linux will go a long way…

    Gids, July 24th, 2007 at 10:14 am #
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  5. IMHO Mr. Shuttleworth is making a concerted effort to spread the wisdom of linux and pensource and I was amazed w to find out that the lions share of Canonicals support requests are related to use of their flag ship prudct as a server os.

    Porter, December 25th, 2007 at 1:35 pm #

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