Ubuntu: Three Things to Watch for In 2008

It has been quite some time since I updated this blog. Frankly, I’ve been swamped at my day job. But I’m still using Ubuntu on my Dell PC at home. And I expect big things from Ubuntu and Canonical’s backers in 2008. Here are three Ubuntu trends worth watching in 2008.

3. Dell Servers: Rumors continue that Dell plans to certify its servers to run Ubuntu. Watch for an announcement in the first quarter of 2008 or so. The announcement will likely involve a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc.) small business suite.

2. Managed Services: Back in July, Canonical employees hinted to me that the company would aggressively promote remote administration services for Ubuntu. The services will allow hardware partners, integrators and Canonical to more easily manage Ubuntu servers from afar.

1. Internet Handhelds: Intel and Canonical are working on a mobile Ubuntu edition. I expect it to land on Internet handhelds that support WiFi. However, Google Android — a Linux-based mobile environment that will run across numerous handhelds and smart phones — has largely stolen the spotlight from the Intel-Canonical work.

Google Going Mobile With Ubuntu?

Lots of folks expect Google to announce a mobile software/phone strategy on November 5. Now for the rather interesting twist: I suspect Ubuntu Linux could be Google’s preferred platform for a range of forthcoming mobile devices and services. Here’s why. Continue reading

Wal-Mart Stocks Ubuntu

It’s another small step for Linux on the desktop, and another great leap for Ubuntu — one of the fastest-growing flavors of Linux. Retail giant Wal-Mart is now offering Ubuntu-based PCs from Everex. The $200 system signals growing interest in Windows alternatives among mainstream consumers. Next up, watch for Ubuntu to land on some niche small business servers.

No, I’m not suggesting that Linux will kick Windows off millions of desktops. But Ubuntu’s continued momentum is undeniable. The operating system, overseen by Canonical, received a major upgrade last month. And Dell continues to ship Ubuntu on selected systems. (In fact, I own one of the Dell systems.) Now, Everex has further customized Ubuntu as part of the company’s gPC. You can find more details over at PCWorld.

So, what does Ubuntu mean for all of us? It’s an increasingly popular option in K-12 schools and universities because of its cost and reliability advantages over Windows. And I’m watching Ubuntu closely on small business servers. Canonical plans to gradually push Ubuntu in the server direction over the next few months.

Landmark Day for Desktop Linux

Sure, everyone in the Ubuntu community knows Gutsy Gibbon arrives today. But what about the mainstream media? And what about everyday consumers who know Mac OS and Windows — but don’t even realize Linux is an option for them? Here’s a blog entry I just wrote over on TechIQ. It explains the importance of Gutsy Gibbon to the broader PC market. Take a look… Continue reading