Can Canonical Rally Its Community for Ununtu Convergence?

Canonical, and the open source Ubuntu operating system it sponsors, seem to be in the midst of a major watershed moment. In the past the Ubuntu world was a disparate one, but it is now finally converging around all types of devices. Whether that convergence succeeds will have a lot to do with the channel. […]

Can Ubuntu ‘Converge’ Across Phones, TVs, PCs and Tablets?

A year ago, I was about ready to write off Ubuntu as a Linux distribution for end users — and I did for a while, when I switched to Linux Mint. (I’ve since learned to love Ubuntu again.) Today, though, Canonical appears committed to pursuing the consumer market with renewed vigor, targeting not just desktops […]

Canonical to Highlight Ubuntu Cloud, Management Solutions

As the CeBIT upcoming convention in Germany nears, Canonical has announced what it will be showcasing at the event–which, in turn, provides some clues about where the company behind one of the world’s most popular open source operating systems might be concentrating its efforts in coming months. Alas, Ubuntu tablets are not on the list. […]

Dell Expands Ubuntu Developer Laptop to Europe

Linux fans in Europe have reason to celebrate this week with Dell’s announcement that its “Sputnik” XPS 13 laptop powered by Ubuntu, which the company released in the United States in December 2012, is now available on the other side of the ocean as well. As a bonus, Dell has added some hardware upgrades to […]

Are Linux Tablets Still on the Way?

If you’re a Linux user, and if you like tablets, it’s hard to say whether these are the best of times or the worst of times. While some initiatives to put Linux on tablets appear to be making steady progress, other open source projects in this vein have stagnated or disappeared. Read on for an […]

Ubuntu Smartphones From Samsung: Targeting BlackBerry 10 In October?

Canonical’s promise to create an Ubuntu smartphone market will become a reality in October 2013. That’s when the first Ubuntu smartphones will arrive, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth said today. Now here’s the big twist: For developers, the smartphone operating system is optimized for Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus — perhaps suggesting that Samsung plans to back the […]

DreamObjects Cloud Storage Platform Hits Production

Ceph, the open source distributed file system that is playing an increasingly important role in the world of Big Data despite its young age, took another step into the cloud with the announcement of the general availability of the DreamObjects cloud storage system from DreamHost. The update follows a beta version of the service that […]

Canonical Commits to Regular Updates for Ubuntu Cloud

One of the nice things about Ubuntu, generally speaking, is that its update and release cycles are very predictable and reliable. Ubuntu Cloud Images, however, have long been an exception. But that has now changed with the announcement of updates for the cloud-ready versions of Ubuntu that will follow a more regular pattern — or, […]

Microsoft Potential Dell Investment: Bad for Linux, FOSS?

Amid rumors that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) may invest in Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), a massive question has emerged: If such an investment occurs, will Dell maintain its extremely close relationships with Canonical (Ubuntu), Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), SUSE and other open source providers? Hmmm… Here’s The VAR Guy’s spin. First, a little background. As you may have […]

Vagrant Development Platform Comes to Ubuntu Cloud

Canonical, which has been reaching out to developers through a variety of channels lately, threw yet another bone in their direction recently with the introduction of Vagrant cloud images. The move also brought Oracle‘s (NASDAQ: ORCL) VirtualBox platform into the lineup of Ubuntu cloud solutions, diversifying the technologies on which Canonical’s cloud strategy relies. Vagrant […]

Ubuntu’s Role in Re-Electing Obama

Canonical likes to brag about Ubuntu‘s presence in places like enterprise desktops and, coming soon, smartphones. This week, however, the company made an even bigger boast by discussing how Ubuntu helped elect a president. On Jan. 21, the day of Barack Obama’s second inauguration as president of the United States, Canonical published an interview with […]

On First Anniversary, ownCloud Boasts Strong Growth

It’s now been a full year since ownCloud, the open source data syncing platform, launched as a commercial entity. I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical back then that the company would be able to succeed in a market already inundated with competing products. But ownCloud managed to hold its own and more in 2012, […]

Memo to Linux Devs: Focus on Design, Not Technology

In the open source channel, many developers could stand to focus a bit less on technology itself, and a bit more on making products look and feel smart, intuitive and elegant–especially when it comes to communicating with end users. Most Linux distributions don’t get this right, but Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, shines as […]

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Alternative: Zentyal?

When Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) killed Windows Small Business Server  SBS) in 2012, some partners started seeking alternatives and replacements. Eager to fill the void, Canonical, Zarafa and Zentyal have been promoting an Ubuntu small business server to channel partners — including managed services providers (MSPs). But are Microsoft partners willing to give Linux a look? […]

Canonical Promises Smartphones Based on Ubuntu Linux

The “next-generation cross-platform operating system” is on its way to your phone, and it’s called Ubuntu. At least, that’s what Canonical has revealed in an announcement regarding the new direction of its Linux-based OS, which it believes is poised to take multiplatform computing to the next level. It could well do that–provided the hardware compatibility […]

Canonical to Announce “Next Generation” Cross-Platform Ubuntu?

Canonical claims to be readying an “earth-shattering announcement” on the first day of business in 2013 –January 2, that is. What can we expect next from the company behind the widely popular Ubuntu Linux distribution? Read on for some wild, yet informed, speculation. In a note sent this week to the press, Canonical announced that […]

Five Biggest Open Source Developments in 2012

As trite as countdown lists can be, ending the year just wouldn’t feel right without churning out one of my own. In that spirit, I’ve spent a while reflecting upon the most important developments in the open source world in 2012. If you can stomach another one of these essays on the eve of the […]

Young Mageia Linux Distribution Surges in Popularity

As we prepare to enter a new year, the big names that have dominated the Linux world for the past decade–Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), Canonical/Ubuntu, Debian, SUSE–are unchanged. But they may be joined in 2013 by a newcomer to the open source channel, Mageia Linux, which has been enjoying staggering popularity since its creation barely […]

Shuttleworth: Ubuntu to Focus on Cloud and Mobile in 2013

What does 2013 have in store for Ubuntu users? According to Mark Shuttleworth, who founded the Linux distribution a decade ago, major areas of focus in the year ahead will include mobile computing, the cloud and–last but not least–bringing “the benefits of free software to an audience which would not previously have had the confidence […]

Red Hat Expands Cloud Portfolio with ManageIQ Acquisition

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the open source channel’s largest commercial entity, will be ringing in the new year with a new lineup of cloud computing products–all for the low price of $104 million, which is what the company paid to acquire ManageIQ, a developer of cloud administration and automation solutions. Will a stronger cloud portfolio […]