Ubuntu: Eight Long-term Reality Checks

It’s been roughly two-and-a-half years since Nine Lives Media Inc. launched WorksWithU, the independent guide to Ubuntu. When we started this site we made a few assumptions about how the Ubuntu community and Ubuntu business markets would evolve. How have those assumptions evolved from 2008 to 2010t? Here’s an eight-point reality check.

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1. Ubuntu In the Server Market

WorksWithU’s 2008 Perspective: By 2009 or early 2010, we expected some of the major server hardware makers to offer Ubuntu Server Edition as a pre-installed option on some of their systems.

Mid-2010 Reality Check: Some early Ubuntu Server Edition partners faced their own challenges (prime example: Sun getting acquired by Oracle). Meanwhile, most of the x86 server vendors focused the bulk of their efforts on Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE Linux support. Several niche Ubuntu desktop and notebook makers — most notably System76 and ZaReason — have introduced Ubuntu servers.

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