Shuttleworth: Ubuntu Hardy Heron Ideal for Enterprise

Lora Bentley

Ubuntu version 8.04, Hardy Heron, arrived right on schedule Thursday. As it did, creator Mark Shuttleworth talked up the new operating system as ideal for the enterprise.


ZDNet blogger Paula Rooney notes:

The third leading Linux distributor made a name for itself on the desktop. But now, with its fourth server release, and second LTS offering for desktop and server, Shuttleworth expects Ubuntu will get more respect from corporate customers.


"Red Hat and Novell both articulated a very specific economic niche and Red Hat in part defined that niche and I expect Red Hat will [continue to] dominate. I don't expect Ubuntu to unseat Red Hat as the primary provider of shrink wrapped commercial Linux on the server, but I would expect seeing Ubuntu on servers in the market for people who would have bought Unix," Shuttleworth said...

To that end, Hardy Heron differentiates itself from competitors in a few ways:

  • Its long-term support gives users five years of updates and patches on the server edition and three years on the desktop edition.
  • Users who pay for support get the same version of the operating system as users who don't. There is no "better version" for paying customers.
  • New to this release, the Wubi Windows Installer allows users to test Ubuntu 8.04 on Windows PCs.

The increase in the number of third-party applications certified on Ubuntu should also increase the OS's popularity in corporate environments, according to Shuttleworth.

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