Sun’s Small Business Server Push Includes Ubuntu

When Sun announced a major open source initiative targeting small and midsize businesses this week, a lot of people failed to realize that Sun would include servers certified for Ubuntu. Here’s the scoop, from our sister site, The VAR Guy (www.thevarguy.com).

Sun’s SMB move comes only a day after The VAR Guy predicted server vendors would up their Ubuntu efforts by May. Of course, it’s important to keep the Ubuntu victory in perspective. Sun also is promoting SMB servers certified to run Windows Server, Solaris, Red Hat Linux and Novell SuSE Linux. (Here’s a closer look at the product lineup.) Continue reading

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Standing By for Ubuntu Server Push In May?

When the next version of Ubuntu Linux ships in April, there’s a reasonable chance that server vendors could start jumping on the Ubuntu bandwagon by May or so, according to our sister Web site, www.thevarguy.com. Here’s The VAR Guy’s complete post:

Ubuntu 8.04, code-named Hardy Heron, will contain several significant server-focused enhancements. Ars Technica offers readers a pretty comprehensive look at an Alpha release of the operating system upgrade.Canonical, the organization that backs Ubuntu, is quietly working behind the scenes to line up server support for the new operating system. Dell insiders say they are keeping a close eye on Ubuntu Server, and many bloggers have speculated that the PC giant would certify its servers for Ubuntu. But Dell’s official corporate blog, Direct2Dell, has been very quiet about that potential move.

Canonical, meanwhile, is walking a fine line as it evangelizes Ubuntu for the server but also tries not to hype its server initiative. Continue reading