In case you’ve been living under a rock this morning, let me help you out: Dell and Canonical have officially announced that Ubuntu Linux will be pre-installed and certified on a range of Dell laptops and desktops later this month. I know, I fainted a bit when I heard the news too.
OK, so I didn’t, but I did start thinking about our series of articles over the past few months about Ubuntu on the server. So did Raven Zachary, an analyst from the 451 Group that we speak with regularly about Linux and open source. In our article today covering the Dell/Ubuntu news, Zachary opines that in the near future, Ubuntu on Dell’s server lines is all but confirmed by today’s news.
“I think you will find Dell, over time, also offering Ubuntu across its server product line as Ubuntu grows in popularity in the data center,” he said.
Ubuntu on the server would mean one distribution to manage, from the developer’s desktop to the data center, Zachary said, and would feature Canonical’s 24×7 support offering.
There’s been a lot of hype around Ubuntu lately, and for good reason: Feisty Fawn’s launch in April; the Dell news; and even Michael Dell’s souped up mobile workstation that we reported on first here at the Enterprise Linux Log. But beyond that, Linux now has yet another venue with which to spread into the enterprise.
That’s good for me as a reporter because it keeps me in a job, but it’s also great for you, the IT pro, because it means there is yet another choice out there to keep competition and innovation fresh. It’s a heterogeneous world now, no?