Archive for July, 2008

Gerry Carr

LinuxWorld: all about the partners

Canonical is attending LWE next week in the Moscone Centre in San Francisco. We have taken one of the big booths, #716 so it should be hard to miss us if you are in attendance. One of the things we have been working very hard on over the last couple of years is establishing Ubuntu as a platform for users both as individuals and as  corporates. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS was a big step in advancing that process but LWE will show how far we have gone in achieving that goal.  We are being joined on the stand and hosting presentations from a plethora of the great and good of the ISV world including (in the order the list was given to me)

Alfresco: Open Source ECM Made Easy: Alfresco and Ubuntu

IBM Lotus Software: Be Free, Work Smart with Lotus Symphony

Savoir-Faire Linux Inc: SFLphone, An Open Source Desktop Phone for Professionals

Zimbra:  Next Generation Messaging on Ubuntu: Zimbra Desktop and Zimbra Collaboration Suite

ZSL: Empowering Enterprise 2.0 Computing Model

Centrify: Integrating Ubuntu into Microsoft Active Directory

IBM Informix: IBM Informix Information Management

LikeWise Software: How to Achieve Secure Integration of Ubuntu and MS Active Directory Without Breaking the Bank

Linagora: Apt-Get Install OBM, The New Killer Groupware Solution for Ubuntu

MySQL: What’s New in MySQL

Openbravo: Openbravo ERP, The Web Based Solution Designed Around Your Business Needs

Parallels: The Business Value of Server Virtualization for Linux Environments

Unison: Unified Communications on Linux – The Killer Application We Have All Been Waiting For

Untangle: Trade-Offs in Building Entire Networks in Software

Zmanda: Open Source Backup for Ubuntu

This is an incredible list featuring many of the most exciting technologies around today and it is very pleasing to be at the heart of it all. You can read the full abstracts here. We will do our best to make these presentations available online for those that cannot make the event itself. For those that can attend, We encourage you visit the Ubuntu stand to say hi and to see many of the most interesting presentations at the show.

Gerry Carr – Marketing Manager, Canonical


Gerry Carr

Canonical and Valusoft bring Ubuntu plus support to Best Buy

If you walk into a BestBuy this week you may spot some new software peeking out from the shelves.  Yes, Ubuntu is now available as a spiffy boxed set in stores and on-line.

We’ve been working with ValuSoft who are a distribution company that specialise in the US retail channel. The boxed set comes with an Ubuntu 8.04 CD, a Quick Start Guide and 60 days of support from the ValuSoft team, trained and backed by the Canonical support guys. The support covers installation and getting started using Ubuntu and is priced at $19.99.

The retail box in Best Buy

The aim is to provide Ubuntu to users who want the software and support conveniently presented in a boxed set. Making it available through Best Buy is an opportunity to reach users who are unaware of Ubuntu or who are bandwidth restricted and don’t want to download Ubuntu themselves

The Valusoft and Canonical teams have worked hard on the packaging to show how Ubuntu has a program for the common activities that users need such as “Web Browsing”, “Productivity Suite” and “Email”. This makes it much easier for a consumer to work out if Ubuntu is right for them. I think the teams have done a great job presenting Ubuntu simply and concisely.

Bringing Linux and free software to new categories  of users is fundamental to our mission at Canonical. Valusoft. By adding a 60 day support service, ValuSoft are making it easier for consumers to install and get started with Ubuntu. Installing an operating system of any kind is still a scary task for many people so offering a ‘helping hand’ is a great reassurance for the new user and will help tremendously with the success of the product in this category.

We’ve very happy to be working with ValuSoft to make Ubuntu available to a wider range of users. And if you’ve been thinking about  a great  way to introduce someone new to Ubuntu then you could always hop to your local Best Buy for a brand new Ubuntu in a box!

Steve George

Director, Corporate Services

Gerry Carr

Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS released

Today we announced the release of Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS for both server and desktop. This is the first of a series of maintenance releases on the 8.04 LTS roadmap that we have drawn below, and includes hundreds of important updates which are detailed in the release announcement.

Mark has spoken about the overall  strategy in his blog so I won’t repeat all of that here, but as more and more users deploy Ubuntu we expect that this ‘twin track’ release cycle will be more widely understood.

Ubuntu Release Cycle

Figure: Ubuntu Release Cycle

 

 

Ubuntu has earned respect for producing releases at 6 month intervals which include the latest open source software for desktops and servers, and Ubuntu 8.10 in October will continue that trend.

Complementing the standard releases, every two years we produce an LTS release, which provides long-term stability for users who require it.  While the standard releases continue every six months and are quickly superseded, LTS continues to receive maintenance updates for years, with continuous professional support available from Canonical.  Where stability and support matter most, LTS is the right choice.

Is this message getting through? We think so. We will be releasing some usage statistics for 8.04 Server which indicate that out of 50000 respondents to a survey, over two thirds are using 8.04 either in a test or production environment (the other one third use it for development). It is this audience that we seek to serve with the point releases and the 8.04 Long Term Support strategy.

So for anyone moving into the deployment scenario from today, we present 8.04.1 as your logical choice (desktop or server). It is available now from here

Matt Zimmerman – Ubuntu CTO