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Ubuntu Server Edition: Where’s the Official Support?

There’s no question that Ubuntu dominates the desktop-Linux world. With commanding market share and a huge user community, it’s by far the most well supported and documented open-source platform in the desktop world. On servers, however, the situation is different–and Canonical needs to address it if it wants to become a real player in the server market.

When I entered the Linux world in 2006, I started with Mandriva. It was easy enough to use as long as I stuck to officially supported channels, but trying to find RPM packages or Mandriva-specific documentation for third-party applications was a hit-or-miss affair, since Mandriva’s user base was not large enough to ensure attention from all developers.

One of the things I liked most about Ubuntu after switching to it a year later was its ubiquity in the free-software world, which meant that finding installers and ensuring compatibility with my distribution was no longer a struggle–no more downloading random packages from RPMforge, double-clicking and hoping for the best. I won’t say Ubuntu was objectively better than Mandriva, but it was more popular, which in itself goes a long way towards improving usability.

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