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Canonical in my view is not in crisis.
In 2009 Canonical had about 350+ employees with revenue creeping towards its breakeven point of $30 Million Dollars. Thus we could assume in 2009 running Ubuntu amounted to about $30 Million dollars.
It has seen very healthy growth in big company signups not just in the server arena but also whole companies switching desktops to Ubuntu. German insurance company LVM is switching 10000 pc's to Ubuntu.
It has also entered the hosting sphere with a partnership with Karmasphere Inc..
I think Ubuntu is not having financial difficulties at all. Top level IT executives though will put a huge financial drain on $30 million dollar revenue company.
I think thus there is a restructuring among the top level executives. Zimmerman is not the only exec leaving but also cloud expert Levine. The canonical board thus stand at four right now.
There is big talent drive hunt among companies like Google, Facebook and others right now and i think this is something to do with this.
My 20cent is smaller companies will have it tough keeping their star players in this environment.
On the upside this presents a new opportunity for new hungry people to take their place.
"My 20cent is smaller companies will have it tough keeping their star players in this environment."
Or, they'll just begin off shoring everything like the big companies. The recent trend is to search for cheap labor rather than talent. That's not my idea of how things should be done, but it's difficult to ignore what's happened to the US IT workers this past decade.
Shuttleworth is South African (actually he has dual South African and UK citizenship), but Canonical is registered in the Isle of Man, and the main offices are in London.
"I don't understand your comment about going offshore, and the mention of US IT workers. Canonical is already offshore, being a South African company. You do realize it is not based in the US, correct?"
The post I responded to actually referred to other US companies specifically by name.
"I'm going to guess you mean India but that's not where I am."
I'm not going to say anything bad about India, just point out the fact that they make up at least a quarter of new hires in my area compared to almost none a few years ago.
"Maybe it's different there but what I hear is the reason offshore jobs goes offshore is because American education is downplaying the hard programming and science skills."
And you buy that?
It's a theory pushed very strongly by MNCs who promote the view that there is insufficient domestic talent, even as they are laying off existing staff.
The search for cheaper staff really is all the rage in the US, even to the point of disqualifying US workers in favor of cheaper H1Bs.
Watch this video and tell me it doesn't turn your stomach.
Well, of course. You went to an 'offshore development shop'. If you start out by going to the folks whose sales pitch is 'we'll get foreign people to do it cheap' you're already Doing It Rong. If you were going to have your code written in the U.S., would you do it by sending out a spec sheet to a random company who said they could do it cheaper than anyone else? Would you expect that to generate good results? Probably not, no. So why people think it's a sensible way to access coders in *other* countries, I can't imagine.
Companies who just hire in multiple countries in the same way they would in their 'home' country are a lot more successful, and happy with the people they get.
"That's not say there aren't some very talented developers overseas. But separating the wheat from the chaff can be difficult. "
As it can in the US, apparently. This showed up on Slashdot today: http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/07/why-the-new-guy-cant-code/
Your whole comment is condescending at best. I don't know what your issue with academic studies are but whatever.
Just ask yourself where the "real IT world" would be today without the likes of Hoare, Dijkstra, Tanenbaum, Knuth and so many others? Or you probably think that specular reflections originated in John Carmack's head? Do you know that, about MVCC for instance, the source code of PostgreSQL references academic articles up to the page selection? But yes, I'm fully aware that nobody in the "real world" companies would care to give credit to Codd when they spend buckets of cash buying Oracle.
As to this
"First, what is your suggestion? Make students study in 'real world' offices and studios? Second, extra hard compared to who? Third, what do you think the university is for, if not studying? And homeworks, among others things like exams and grades and whatnot."
Not sure if this would appease either of you, however my school RIT mandated one year co-op for my degree (it was a 5 year degree).
This is good experience in theory, unfortunately for my class though it happened the year of the dot com bust. Many students were unable to find jobs. Some of the colleges waived the requirements for jobs to be relevant and professional and accepted anything.
Personally I was able to use distant connections to get a job creating and maintaining a spreadsheet of tens of thousands of CDs/media in a closet.
I showed initiative and asked to be chosen for some real programming assignments, but they told me I wasn't worth training. That was a real damper at the beginning of my CS career. The jobs I've gotten have been much lower than my abilities.
It seems outrageous to need connections in order to get a job doing something I am really good at.
I am not in poverty, so that's good. I only wish that I could get paid to work on projects as creative and challenging as the ones I took on myself at university. That was my passion. Edited 2011-05-11 16:18 UTC
"What makes you think the 'cheap labour' outside the US doesnt have as much talent as the US IT workers?"
I didn't say that. I said the search for IT workers these days is for cheap labor.
In the US, corporations are laying off thousands of workers each year while expanding overseas operations at the same time.
I only speak of the US because that's what I am familiar with. Would you say that in the UK or EU overall there is no offshoring problem? I honestly don't know.
Wanna succeed? Just clone Linux Mint, or better yet, replace all your leadership with Linux Mint leadership.
You completely lost your charter, and actually never had it since as long as I've been trying Ubuntu.
More people use Ubuntu than any other distro on the desktop, so I am not sure how you come to that conclusion
Yes, last I checked(10.04), Mint was cloning Ubuntu, and doing it so badly that you had to full reinstall to upgrade from release to release.
I see your problems seem to be directly linked to crappy hardware with shitty closed drivers. Smooth move indeed.
Not the point really.
Until the most used distro can have a smooth upgrade cycle. Desktop Linux will never be a viable option for the vast majority of users.
I would struggle to solve this and I am a regular OpenBSD user and have been using Fedora/Redhat for almost 10 years. Edited 2011-05-09 14:47 UTC
Canonical chooses to provide those drivers as supported packages, so it has an obligation to ensure they are correctly handled on upgrade.
"So I edit xorg.conf to try to use the nv driver instead of nvidia. Nope. No dice. The new kernel uses KMS, which is is not compatible with nv. "
You'll be wanting to use nouveau, not nv, now.
Ubuntu has a distinctive desktop - nevermore so than now with the new Unity Desktop. Which I feel was a brave and bold departure from the norm.
I personally like Unity and believe that Ubuntu is moving in the right direction.
>> I don't know why but it's always the same, every new release sports a new, exciting bug for me..
Sometimes, you get what you pay for
Some truth, in your comment - I've had a problem with my video card, which I hadn't with earlier releases, but on the plus side bugs have been fixed - finally Ubuntu really does honour proxy settings for example.
As for the comment "you get what you pay for" compared with for example Vista 11.04 is bug free total delight. Windows 7 is bloody awful on the domain and that cost a fortune.
I largely agree, too often bugs which shouldn't be there. I wonder if 6 month releases is too often and the developers a bitting off a little more than they can chew - maybe thats the price of the rapid development we get.
However, the value for money is stunning and sorting a few bugs is probably better than just watching TV.
But no competent business upgrades their computers in the middle of the day. Or they'd have the user on a different computer while they did the upgrade, if they had to upgrade during the day. So there should be no "time lost". Edited 2011-05-09 20:27 UTC
Of course it happen with RH too. That's why you pay big bucks for the support contracts; to have someone come out and fix it (sooner or later, depending on how much you pay) when it breaks.
11.04 isn't a LTS which is what I'd recommend in the workplace. As a home user of 11.04 I thinks it great. I also think by the time Unity is in an LTS it will be preferable to Gnome 2.
At the prep school we run Ubuntu LTS with LDAP authentication and NFS and it is rock solid an provides a better user experience than Opensuse which we also tried. On the server side we have found FreeBSD to be better than Ubuntu server.
Ubuntu always has a myriad of bugs in every release, and there is always the release Deathmarch where anything but a clean install will render you sat a terminal with no network.
Windows Vista suffered from applications that didn't use the Win32 api properly or hardware manufacturers releasing poorly written drivers for the new device driver model. I have never had Vista blue screen on me for anything other than hardware failure.
People forget how bad Windows OSX,MacOSX 10.0 and Various Linux Distros were at the time (Redhat 8 being a prime example of brokeness).
Windows 7 Beta 2 had a larger install base than the whole of the Desktop Linux within the first few weeks of release.
As with Linux I always find half working applications, admin GUI, hardware disabled after kernel upgrade.
My favourite being network manager daemon ... if I type my WEP key in lower case, the key isn't recognised by the router, if I type it in upper case it works.... why didn't the dev just do something like
Linux users are always quick to slag Windows Off for any minor defect (even if it wasn't a problem with Windows itself), but never face up to the glaring problems with the major distros and software. Edited 2011-05-10 14:06 UTC
Anedotal Evidence means nothing.
I have a Dell Latitude D430 dual booting Windows XP and 7. I use Wireless in coffee shops, fast food places, pub, the train. Never have any problems.
It could be any number of things from the network card itself to the way the network was setup. What does this mean? Nothing in itself, but unlike you who basically provided anedotal evidence of random wireless problems ...
I actually described a repeatable bug with Network Manager that I found that just existed from Fedora 6 - 10 ... that shows some half arsed attempt at a UI for network manager service. Edited 2011-05-11 13:11 UTC
He probably saw the writing on the wall. If Ubuntu continues on their current path, I think they are going to fail as a business.
The only reason they have survived this long is because their founder is independently very wealthy and has been able to bankroll the project and cover its losses.
Granted, Ubuntu is very popular on the desktop. But home desktop users and geeks are not where you make your money. Where you make your money is from selling support contracts and consulting services to enterprise customers. And when it comes to that market, I don't think Ubuntu is really even a relevant player yet. Red Hat pretty much has a firm position of dominance in that market right now.
They have a foothold in cloud and some corporate Desktop. Ubuntu Server edition is a joke, I don't think they will ever make money on that. A Debian is better and more stable. They are trying to get into low cost hardware too. I think the Motorola Atrix run some kind of dumbed down proprietary Ubuntu. They totally destroyed the product, but it prove it can work on those Arm gadjets.
Why do you say this. Ubuntu server has seen very good growth and is growing more and more popular.
"Saw the writing the wall"..?
The opposite is true. Ubuntu is signing a lot of corporate clients and bringing a lot of new features and options for home user as well.
I've just tried Kubuntu 11.04 in my desktop and it is the best Kubuntu released ever!
I tried a lot of times Kubuntu and I always felt it as a second class citizen (being Ubuntu a first class one). Canonical is doing it well with their distros. Congrats!