Linked by snydeq on Fri 17th Dec 2010 22:32 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu InfoWorld's Savio Rodrigues sees 2010 as a watershed year for Ubuntu, one that could herald meaningful enterprise interest in the OS, thanks to a rising tide of developers - and deployment servers - adopting the OS. "As with many recent trends in the IT industry, developers become ambassadors for products they enjoy using and have quickly become an early indicator for enterprise technology usage in the future. In a seemingly perfect storm, Ubuntu is benefiting from strong developer usage, and the fact that developers are increasingly selecting Amazon's EC2 cloud platform bodes well for continued Ubuntu success on EC2," Rodrigues writes, noting that Ubuntu has surpassed Red Hat usage on deployment servers as well. "As that occurs, IT decision makers will need to consider or reconsider Ubuntu for usage within the enterprise. Rest assured that Red Hat won't sit idly by during these discussions."
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It should matter to any Linux user
by NutMotion on Sun 19th Dec 2010 21:20 UTC
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I second the previous observation by GoneFishing, TechGeek and others. I think the seeming lack of involvement by Canonical in Linux projects should really matter to Linux users.

Here's an interesting post (though somewhat outdated, 2008) that gives a ranking of contributors involved in the development of 3 major open source projects, Linux kernel, gcc and Xorg:

I've mostly been under Ubuntu myself, since I've switched to Linux. I like the OS, but I'm pondering switching to a distrib whose company gives back more to the Linux community. Red Hat or Novell are the 2 alternatives that stand out here (see the 2010 Linux Foundation report at

As to the users who think they don't care, let's put it another way: whatever Linux distribution you're using, you don't want major contributors to go out of business, or stop participating in the effort. Therefore, it does make sense to support them.

Edited 2010-12-19 21:21 UTC

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