Canonical Continues Ubuntu Server Edition Push
Ubuntu is more than a desktop operating system. That continues to be the message from Canonical, which is promoting another Ubuntu Server Edition user survey in a bid to better understand how customers are deploying the server operating system. Here’s the scoop.
No doubt, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE linux maintain major mind share and market share within corporate settings and across the partner channel. But Canonical continues to make its case for Ubuntu Server Edition. The latest Ubuntu 9.10 release included some key server and cloud enhancements. And the Ubuntu 10.04 release (Lucid Lynx), scheduled for April 2010, is a Long Term Support (LTS) release with more server and cloud enhancements.
The Ubuntu Server Team wants to know how you use Ubuntu Server Edition in day-to-day operations to help the team prioritize the support and development of the product. This is the second edition of this initiative which was first introduced in 2008.
The first Ubuntu Server Edition survey results offered some key stats about how users were leveraging the operating system for database, file and print, Web and other services.
And Canonical has spent much of 2009 launching more training programs and ISV (independent software vendor) efforts for Ubuntu Server Edition. The initiatives have even included cloud training. At the same time, Canonical has been evolving Landscape — its systems management platform for Ubuntu desktops and servers.
But Canonical’s big server focus remains the forthcoming Ubuntu 10.04 launch. Even before version 9.10 arrived in November 2009, Canonical’s internal team was hard at work on 10.04 priorities according to this WorksWithU FastChat video with Canonical’s John Pugh:
The VAR Guy senses that Canonical is making progress with Ubuntu Server Edition. But big questions remain: How many customers actually pay Canonical for Ubuntu Server Edition support? How many customers are starting to deploy Ubuntu in public and private clouds? And will Lucid Lynx live up to its server promise?
Some of the answers may surface in the Ubuntu Server Edition survey results. Others won’t be known until after Lucid Lynx arrives.