"In terms of professional services and Ubuntu adoption, we'd
have thought that demand for would be in greenfield markets,
predominantly in Africa, eastern Europe, Asia and South America.
But we're very curious, of course, about adoption in the United
States, Germany and the UK. We're particularly interested in takeup
in the US, for its sheer market size of course, and Germany, which
has been a real leader in open source, free software and Linux
adoption. In fact German enterprises are so inured to the switch to
Linux and we'd think that if one can make it there as a
professional services organization, one might make it anywhere.
"Mark Shuttleworth: Well, the US is quite
strong in terms of general Ubuntu uptake; about 15% of our overall
footprint is in the US, which is very strong for a particular
country. But it does suggest that Ubuntu is a more global project
than most sorts of new technology companies, which tend to focus on
the US as an early adopter marketplace..."