Phoronix has a nice interview up today with Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth, the millionaire backer of Ubuntu.
Phoronix: Among the many new features in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn are network roaming improvements and easy codec installation. If you had to select one “killer feature” for Feisty Fawn what would it be and why?
Mark: For Feisty I would say that there are two things that are really interesting for end users. The first is the Windows migration tool that was really just a sparkle in someone’s eye six months before the release and I didn’t think of it as a serious feature that we would commit to for Ubuntu but the guys involved typed away at it and it came together quite nicely. It’s very much a first release of the technology but it’s been surprisingly popular amongst people who are installing Linux as a dual-boot option next to Windows. The other is the easy to install codecs. Really what we are trying to do there is to help people make the right decision in regards to intellectual property issues that are associated with codecs. For many of our users it’s perfectly legal for them to install and run those codecs so we try to give them a straightforward framework to exercise those rights. Then for other people they are living in countries where there are restrictions in their ability to use free software for certain codec operations so we try to help them make a smarter decision about that.
Ubuntu is a hot topic for us on the main site right now. People love that Dell is making small steps to include it in their big plan, and users are really digging Feisty’s new features. Reviews have been mostly favorable. Whether that translates into server side stuff, and therefore something this blog and SearchEnterpriseLinux can really cover in depth, remains to be seen.