Archive for August, 2008

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This week I have the pleasure of attending the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. You can find me and the rest of the Canonical gang showing off Ubuntu MID Edition and Netbook Remix in the Moblin Community Area.

Speaking of mobile, since launching the new version earlier in the year we’ve had a steady flood of interest from users and partners alike. This week is sure to kick it up a notch!

Sylvania is making its g netbook available in U.S. retail stores nationwide — shipping with Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Netbooks are relatively new in the U.S. and huge growth is expected. We’re excited to be part of this announcement.

Here’s how we’re involved.

In the OEM Services team at Canonical, primarily based in Lexington, MA and Taipei, Taiwan, we engage with manufacturers to produce images of Ubuntu specific to their hardware – ensuring high reliability. We also add software at the manufacturer’s request such as licensed media codecs and/or applications that we do not ship in standard Ubuntu. So for a company like Sylvania it is a customized version of Ubuntu delivered via a commercial engagement.

It is a great honor for the team here to see with this announcement that there are Intel Atom(R)-based machines going into market running Ubuntu. This marks a major milestone for the OEM Services team and is the culmination of a huge amount of investment and effort.

By the end of the year, Ubuntu will be available pre-installed on machines on thousands of shelves and digital marketplaces around the world. Consumers will have a real choice and we will continue working to ensure that choice is Ubuntu.

If you are in the San Francisco area, stop by and see us at IDF and check out the new Sylvania g and other cool mobile computers running Ubuntu.

- Jon Melamut, OEM Services

Gerry Carr

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS – whole load of apps going on

When we released Ubuntu 8.04 LTS we announced that we would soon have more enterprise ready applications that solve real business problems. This year’s Linuxworld Expo will see us working with our partners to demonstrate exactly why Ubuntu is now firmly in the sights of IT Managers and architects in many businesses.

Gerry Carr, our marketing manager has written about the ‘coming out’ party that is LinuxWorld next week. But you might be more interested in the solutions themselves, and how they help in the decision to choose Ubuntu.

My role is primarily focused on the server side, and facilitating ISVs that want to deploy on the Ubuntu platform, specifically 8.04 in recent months. This week sees the fruition of a lot of this work so it’s worth looking at what they actually bring to the Ubuntu user base. I will be updating this entry as the products become available in the repositories during the week with pointers to how to get them.

Alfresco are known for their leading enterprise information management and are  announcing that Alfresco Labs 3 will be available for download from the Ubuntu Partner repository. We know that many businesses are trying the Alfresco / Ubuntu combination already, and this is the first step to making the entire enterprise solution available through the Ubuntu repositories. This will be made available later in the year with the new version of Alfresco.

We will also be making IBM Lotus Symphony available too, packaged up for an easy install through the Ubuntu Add / Remove software tool. Symphony is IBM’s driver for acceptance of a free and open alternative to the ubiquitous Microsoft Office. Many us already know that OpenOffice is absolutely suitable for many users: with IBM’s extra developments, they are positioning Symphony towards the existing Lotus user base who are looking for a low cost alternative to the incessant upgrade cycle. Symphony is also perfect for smaller businesses or workgroups, who have already discovered the ease of use and maintenance of Ubuntu.

IBM also has the Open Client Collaboration Solution (OCCS), which includes Symphony with the Lotus Notes client : a combination that will appeal to those companies using Lotus Notes as their prime collaboration application. We will be making this available through the repositories shortly.

Zimbra has also been building on their success recently, and are delivering their Zimbra Desktop Client to the Ubuntu repository this week.  When it is released in a few weeks, we will have that too.

We are also looking forward to having the Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.5 available later this year which will be a big boon for our corporate users.

Unison will be announcing its Unison Integrated Communications Suite. We have been working closely with Unison to make sure that we can deliver the suite through the Partner repository too. They also have a stand at the Expo.

All of these relationships are based on the opportunities for us and our partners to generate new revenue, so expect to see more announcements through the next few months. Our partners and us are all psyched about using the Debian package management system for installing and maintaining these packages. We believe that users, particularly new users, will be blown away by just how easy it is to get everything you need in a single click and not search for drivers and dependencies. A good sys admin is a lazy sysadmin and removing complexity, time and risk is a big plus that we inherit from our architecture choice.Bringing this further into the mainstream will have uses wondering how and why they ever did it any other way.

This, in combination with further work with Virtual Appliances and the cloud, we hope will see Ubuntu as the platform for ISVs to develop on, and Ubuntu as the choice for deployment for a wide range of businesses.

Malcolm Yates
ISV Alliance Manager

Gerry Carr

QA-IQ to deliver official Ubuntu training in the UK

Good news for the British, or at least those Brits who are looking to take up Ubuntu training – QA-IQ, the UK’s largest I.T. training provider are adding Ubuntu to their roster with the first classes kicking off in London in September. The initial scheduled courses, Ubuntu Professional courses 1 & 2, aim to equip System Administrators with the skills to set up and work with Ubuntu in the office environment. At the end of the two courses, students will also be prepared to sit the exams required to become Ubuntu Certified Professionals. You can find a list of the course 1 availability here and course 2 here.

QA-IQ have another 20 training centres in the UK, so if you don’t find a course near you and you can fill a class with at least 6 students, they will open up one especially. They can also do on site training if you prefer.

These courses were developed by Canonical and are available in classroom format exclusively through our authorised Ubuntu training partners. There are also online versions of these courses. All the information about global partners, classes and online courses can be found here.

For the ordinary user (sysadmins are extraordinary people as we know),we have also designed an online course at the very affordable price of $100. So if you have persuaded a new user  onto Ubuntu, and don’t want to spend a long time showing them the ropes then this might be the ideal solution. You can access it here and there is some free previews to whet the appetite.

It’s a no brainer that sound training is an enabler for smooth adoption of any new technology and as the demand for Ubuntu deployments increases, so too is the demand for training. Our students seem to be pretty satisfied, so if you are about to deploy Ubuntu or have just started using it, check out the training sections of Ubuntu as above.

Billy Cina

Training Programmes Manager

The very beautiful desktop training