Ubuntu: Where to From Here?

“In business, as in many other things in life, it is relatively
easy to plan for failure. I guess we all do it in some small way,
one of the most common being the way people back up their digital
personal files to guard against hardware failure or file
corruption. But how does one plan for success?

“In October 2004, when Canonical, the company owned by former
Debian developer and one-time astronaut Mark Shuttleworth, released
the first version of Ubuntu–4.10 aka Warty Warthog–nobody would
have given the new distribution much chance of becoming the most
widely used Linux around…”