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What does Ubuntu want to be when it grows up?

Feb 21, 2012, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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You can use Ubuntu in the cloud, on servers, on the desktop, on tablets and smartphones, but can the popular Linux distribution play in all these spaces?

Once upon a time I knew exactly what Ubuntu was. Built on top of Debian Linux, it was the most popular Linux desktop around. Today, Ubuntu is in the clouds, on servers, tablets and smartphones, and, oh yes, it?s still on the desktop. By spreading its energy in so many directions it?s hard to see what Canonical, Ubuntu?s parent company, really wants from Ubuntu. So what exactly is Ubuntu today? Well, here?s my overview of Ubuntu 2012.

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