Sunday, 11 January 2009

Ubuntu and the world of tomorrow

Below are some excerpts from an interview by the NY Times with Mark Shuttleworth and gives a good history of Ubuntu and Canonical up to now. It also looks at the companies future plans and giving an indication of what is to come.

No word on specifics or any of the technology advances that Ubuntu bet the other OS providers to the punch with. Overall it is a good insight and will bring you up to speed.
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Close to half of Google’s 20,000 employees use a slightly modified version of Ubuntu, playfully called Goobuntu.

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The Macedonian education department relies on Ubuntu, providing 180,000 copies of the operating system to children, while the Spanish school system has 195,000 Ubuntu desktops. In France, the National Assembly and the Gendarmerie Nationale, the military police force, rely on Ubuntu for a combined 80,000 PCs. “The word ‘free’ was very important,” said Rudy Salles, vice president of the assembly, noting that it allowed the legislature to abandon Microsoft.

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“I always thought that open source is a very important socioeconomic movement,” Mr. Russo said.

His vision is to make Ubuntu the standard for the next couple of billion people who acquire PCs.
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