Canonical’s Quest for Greatness


Canonical, the commercial developer of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, seems at times to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. Some testers and industry watchers alike have praised the company’s innovative Unity desktop shell and the Heads Up Display (HUD) bolted on top of it in this month’s release of Ubuntu 12.04, the Precise Pangolin. But that praise is not universal. Others have criticized Canonical’s drastic changes for further fracturing the thread that binds Linux distros together.

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