Google Android vs. Ubuntu Linux: Once More With Passion
We warned readers multiple times in recent weeks that Google Android and Canonical’s Ubuntu were on a collision course. We mentioned the competition would involve Ubuntu and Android on netbooks and mobile Internet devices (MIDs). Now, even Asus is fanning the competitive flames between Ubuntu and Android.
Reports first surfaced around October 2008 that Asus was planning some sort of Android-based device. Now, in an interview with Bloomberg, Asus officials say they may ship a netbook with Android preloaded sometime this year (2009). That’s right: Perhaps the world’s best-known netbook brand is giving Android serious consideration.
We’re not surprised. Neither are savvy Ubuntu and Android backers. I warned just last week that Android may push Ubuntu off of some netbooks. And WorksWithU contributing blogger Christopher Tozzi on Feb. 3 discussed whether Google was a friend or foe to Ubuntu.
But don’t worry: WorksWithU isn’t pressing the panic button over Android. We do think the Google operating system and related online app store will keep Canonical on its toes.
And that’s a good thing. As we learn again and again in the software industry, aggressive competition drives innovation.