ZaReason Ships Ubuntu 10.04 Systems
Each time Canonical ships a new Ubuntu release, I’m inclined to reach out to two specific PC companies: ZaReason and System76. Both companies focus intensely on Ubuntu netbooks, notebooks, PCs and servers. Here’s a look at ZaReason’s Ubuntu 10.04 strategy — according to CEO Cathy Malmrose and CTO Earl Malmrose (pictured).
The quick Q&A below is based on an email exchange I had with Cathy and Earl.I’ll be sure to follow-up with System76’s perspectives soon.
WorksWitnU: Any initial thoughts on how Ubuntu 10.04 will perform in the market?
ZaReason: We are over-the-top psyched about the 10.04 release. We have a good portion of customers who stick with LTS (Long Term Support) releases. 10.04 is light-years beyond 8.04 (the previous LTS) in every way. We are looking forward to the next two years being full of happy LTS customers.
WorksWithU: Will you start shipping on launch day?
ZaReason: Definitely. We track the pre-releases very carefully. There is really no reason to delay beyond launch day.
WorksWithU: How’s your server business going? Any trends worth noting?
ZaReason: Our servers are great, but we focus more the consumer market. We want to see one of our laptops in Costco someday. Ubuntu is solid enough that there really isn’t anything holding us back other than market share. There aren’t any technical limitations anymore.
WorksWithU: Do you think Ubuntu can still define a mobile internet device (MID) market, or is that the domain of iPad, Android, Chrome, etc.?
ZaReason: I’d keep an eye on MeeGo. They have some pretty serious backing in the form of Intel, Nokia, and Linux Foundation. We hope to see the fruits of that collaboration in the near future.
The Bigger Picture
Frequent WorksWithU readers know that I’m biased toward ZaReason and System76 in the Ubuntu market. Generally speaking, I find both companies responsive, professional and committed to customer quality. If you spot additional Ubuntu-centric PC makers and system builders in the market please alert me (joe [at] NineLivesMediaInc.com).