Novell should be scared of Canonical and its Ubuntu Linux distribution, according to SYS-CON Media, because Canonical wants Novell's share of the Linux market. And though the company headed by Mark Shuttleworth knows it has a long road ahead, the plan is to use its newest release to start the move into Linux servers.
Ubuntu 7.10, code named Gutsy Gibbon, is being recognized as a "server contender," Shuttleworth says. He calls the newest Ubuntu OS a "world class enterprise" system. In order for Ubuntu to gain traction, however, Canonical will need more than a few "off-brand vendors in emerging countries" that are willing to install it, SYS-CON writers note.
On the other hand, Gutsy Gibbon's forthcoming successor, Hardy Heron, should prove more interesting to enterprise vendors, the story says:
Due out in six months, it'll have more bells and whistles of course and will also be supported for five years as opposed to Gibbon's 18 months. The enterprise likes that sort of thing, especially since Canonical makes a "concerted effort," Shuttlesworth says, to certify ISV applications and server models for what are called Long Term Support releases.
While the enterprises wait for Heron, they can enjoy Gibbon's improved security and added virtualization capabilities.