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Can Ubuntu Become the Default Alternative to Windows?

Oct 27, 2009, 20:13 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

[ Thanks to smk for this link. ]

"Ubuntu has desktop and server releases, and is gearing up both user and cloud services, all of which are set to be updated in the new Karmic Koala release due out later this week. With all the different products and directions, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth faces questions about the focus and definition of the distribution, as well as the profitability of its corporate backer.

"In a press conference call today, Shuttleworth tried to explain.

"'The mission of Canonical is to deliver all the benefit of free software to a variety of audiences," Shuttleworth said. "We started with desktop, because we thought that was place we could make the most distinctive splash. The desktop was largely neglected and at the same time there were changes afoot in the core infrastructure of Linux at the kernel level that meant we were confident we could surprise people at how easy [it was] to install and use the desktop if someone was focused on it.'"

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