Ubuntu: More Apps, Lower Support Costs?

As Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) nears its April 2010 launch, Canonical is taking steps to make Ubuntu Linux more attractive to business customers. The efforts include new support pricing plus closer relationships with application developers. Here’s some analysis from The VAR Guy.

On the applications front, Canonical is raising its voice in the ISV (independent software vendor) community. The effort strives to make Ubuntu a more easily managed enterprise system. Two cases in point:

* Groundwork Open Source today unveiled a new network monitoring release that supports Ubuntu Server Edition. Groundwork already offers support for Red Hat and Novell environments.
* Likewise Software and Canonical are working closely to make sure Ubuntu can be managed from Microsoft’s Active Directory, notes ComputerWorld’s Cyber Cynic.

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