Mainstream U.S. Media Discovers Ubuntu Linux
The VAR Guy was flipping though his Sunday morning paper when he spotted an article about Ubuntu Linux. He took a few more sips of coffee to perk up and make sure his eyes weren’t deceiving him. Sure enough, Ubuntu had made the leap into the mainstream media — earning coverage in Newsday, the eight largest newspaper in the nation. Has Ubuntu reached its tipping point with consumers?
Newsday’s Personal Technology column includes a question from a reader who intends to purchase a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with Ubuntu preloaded. Sweet. The VAR Guy already has a Dell Ubuntu desktop, and also is looking at an Ubuntu laptop.
Newsday’s columnist walks the readers through some potential issues related to Ubuntu (scan down toward the middle of this Newsday page). But overall, letters like this reinforce an undeniable truth: Ubuntu is quietly becoming a mainstream phenomena.
The VAR Guy isn’t predicting that Ubuntu will ever topple Windows. Dell only sold about 40,000 Ubuntu systems within a few months of launching Ubuntu pre-loads, according to several published reports. But those 40,000 licenses represent true consumer choice, something the PC market lacked a decade ago.
The Newsday coverage shows that Ubuntu’s early adopters aren’t necessarily geeks. More and more of those Ubuntu users apparently live on Main Street U.S.A.