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Does Ubuntu Need Server Hardware Partners?

Jan 27, 2010, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Panettieri)

"When we launched WorksWithU in 2008, I strongly believed Canonical needed to build strong server hardware partnerships with Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. But as I heard more about Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) in 2009, I realized Ubuntu in 2010 may find a back door into the server market. Here's why.

"First, let me set expectations: I still think it's important for Canonical to work with hardware markers on Ubuntu Server Edition. Pre-install deals and bundling deals would be great. Fingers crossed, maybe we'll see some deals around the time of Ubuntu Server Edition 10.04's scheduled April 2010 launch.

"But if server hardware relationships don't materialize I won't press the panic button..."

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