"Mid-March is a time ripe for overhauling traditional power
structures ? or it was, at least, in ancient Rome. But if former
Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth is correct in his claim this week
that Ubuntu is overtaking Red Hat in the world of Linux servers, we
may be in the midst of a major shake-up in the open-source
hierarchy as well. Is Shuttleworth right, or will this trend prove
no more enduring than Brutus? brief reign after he murdered Caesar?
Here are some thoughts.
"If Ubuntu is overtaking Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the server
world, it would represent a major coup. To be sure, Ubuntu is a
formidable operating system on servers. I wouldn?t knock it. But
RHEL has been around far longer than Ubuntu, and Red Hat, which has
traditionally focused nearly all of its commercial operations on
the server, is a much larger company than Canonical, which casts a
wider net. Red Hat also enjoys entrenched partnerships with a
number of major movers-and-shakers in the open-source channel."