Canonical Gears up for Server Market Play

Lora Bentley

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.

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Nov 5, 2007 9:53 AM Robert Pogson Robert Pogson  says:
RedHat and Suse have been catering to business for a long time and are good at that. If Canonical wants to grow they should look at M$'s customers. There are lots of low-hanging fruits there:1)schools - with little IT support, one server per building and needing a GNU/Linux box just to keep the malware at bay and to run a kid filter. Just keeping up with M$'s miriad licences is a burden schools do not want. Canonical/GNU/Linux is a much better fit for schools.2)Home networks - the 5 machine limit has been reached in many homes. M$'s licensing prevents legal use of 6 machines on a network in SOHO and homes. File/print/media can be done just as easily with GNU/Linux and with no licensing hassles.3)SMB - these guys are in business to make money for their businesses, not M$'s. When they see competitors using GNU/Linux and being free of M$, they will be glad to switch. If Canonical can provide better support more cheaply than Suse or RedHat, they will get the call for these folks who are fed up with forced upgrades and who do not want to replace working stuff just to run Vista. They are M$'s customers now, not Suse or RedHat's. They are looking for a place to go this year. Reply

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