Can Ubuntu Become the Default Alternative to Windows?
Oct 27, 2009, 20:13 (5 Talkback[s])
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"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
"'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.'"