My previous post stirred up some controversy with a company who’s name (and affiliated products) are no longer mentioned on my website. While I feel this place serves as an area where I express my opinions, I do not wish to cause any legal reprecussions against myself or Clayton State. I was simply discussing the events, and work that I have been a part of for the last six months.

So, to change the subject I decided that Alpha 6 was time enough for me to jump into Ubuntu’s latest release – Hardy Heron. The progress at this point was too compelling to resist.

Ubuntu 8.04 upgrade

I wonder about Ubuntu and its fast approaching deadline. Mark Shuttleworth’s original goal was to create a sustainable Linux distribution. Ubuntu has shown remarkable growth in what has always been a very differentiated market. A quick check on currently shows 351 different Linux distributions. Ubuntu for at least the last year has been consistently at the top of all of these, in a tie with PCLinuxOS for hits per day on their website. The original timeline to judge the success of Canonical was five years, so release 10.4 could be the last.

So how is Ubuntu and Canonical doing? In the Linux camp, Ubuntu has certainly got the numbers, but support from third party software companies seems sparse. Ubuntu is now offered as a preinstalled option from Dell, but where are the other hardware vendors?

On the server side of the software market, many companies ship on Linux, however software on the desktop remains a desert. Some of the biggest software programs right now are notably absent. There are no Microsoft products for Linux (though Microsoft Office is available for Apple OS X). Adobe has only released Acrobat reader, and the Flash player for Linux. Countless other “big” applications are missing as well. It seems that desktop Linux mainly consists of a culture of free, open source software. This isn’t a total solution.

Hardware vendors are also notably uncommitted. While more driver support appears to exists then software support the standard for the Linux platform is set quite low.

The quick answer might be to state that no one is interested in Linux as a desktop platform. I think that this is selling the idea of an open source platform short. I believe that software developers would like to know how the “black box” inside Windows really operates. In this way they can control every aspect of their program, instead of relying on proprietary APIs, and filtered documentation.

User’s can also benefit by having a desktop custom tailored to their tasks and experience level. The strength of Linux and its openess is in the complete customization that can be performed by anyone.

So, here is to hoping that Canonical makes enough in roads to see release 10.10!



  1. It is generally a BAD idea to write about work you are paid to do. You could be Dooced ( Everything you write carries legal responsibilities.


  2. Johnathon says:

    Sorry to hear that the gestapo got to your website. I believe a personal blog should be just that, personal, although it is hosted on campus webspace, so I can understand.

    Anywho as far as Linux goes… oh wait, I just remembered, I don’t care. 🙂 Hope things are well.


  3. Mr Frosti says:

    Wow that really sucks. I can’t talk about a significant portion of my life because everyone is so legal action happy. I guess we can all just talk about the weather and the Braves instead.


  4. Bellona says:

    Well, you can talk about it, just don’t put anything in print. 🙂


  5. Brian says:

    Bingo… I cant divulge much about what I do at work also. I of course only can talk about things that are publicly released, but never give negative feed back on it. I try to mainly stick to what is happening in my private life or hobbies.

    Linux mainly is still looked at as a server OS, and actually is just starting to pick up in my market. Many companies are migrating to it for the first time. From older platforms like AIX and HP-UX solaris is hanging in there still.


  6. Brian says:

    Well I tried to upgrade like you…. Upgrade failed. Now system is unstable. I am trying to decided weather to install 7.10 again fresh or wait to install 8.04 fresh when its released.


  7. Ben Simpson says:

    “Well I tried to upgrade like you…. Upgrade failed” – Brian

    What is up with you Linux kiddies and your failed upgrades? How can an upgrade fail? Are you talking about a broken package or what? I guess I have a hard time understanding how something like that can break because I never have had it happen to me. Its just apt-get after all…


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