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Why Canonical should buy System76

Nov 10, 2010, 20:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Canonical seems to be pursuing a very Apple-like strategy with Ubuntu. This might be a winning strategy, but the company is missing one major piece: Its own hardware. Canonical needs to stop waiting on mainstream OEMs to get excited about Linux on the desktop and buy its own OEM, like System76.

"In recent weeks the company has announced that it would be replacing GNOME's default UI in its next release, and has embraced a replacement for X on the desktop called Wayland. Canonical have been putting much of its development muscle behind Ubuntu One in the last few releases, and on a lot of polish for the desktop look and feel, and they've been replacing many desktop applications with simpler software in an attempt to ensure that the Ubuntu desktop is suitable for mainstream users. But all of this isn't worth diddly if they can't get Ubuntu in front of more mainstream users — and Canonical is in for a long string of disappointments if they're hoping Dell, HP, or any other major OEM will back Ubuntu in a real way."

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