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Is Ubuntu Enterprise-Ready?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-04-25 Print this article Print

News Analysis: Ubuntu's not ready for all businesses yet, but for Linux-savvy enterprises, it's ready to go. (Linux-Watch)

Anyone who follows Linux at all knows that Ubuntu is currently the Linux community's favorite distribution. But can Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, translate that popular success into business success?

Certainly, under the leadership of Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical is trying to do just that.

While Ubuntu will always be a free distribution, Canonical has been putting together the alliances it needs with IHVs (independent hardware vendors) and ISVs to move into corporate offices.

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Today, for example, Canonical business users can use such business mainstays as SugarCRM; IBM's DB2 database; VMware's VMI and Para-Ops; and Sun's open-source JEE (Java Enterprise Edition) 5 GlassFish application server, the Java SE Development Kit 6, Java DB 10.2, the Sun-supported version of the Apache Derby relational database manager, and the NetBeans IDE (integrated development environment) 5.5.

The company has also been working hard on its computer relationships. It already has a strong partnership with Sun, and it seems to be well on its way to being one of the first Linuxes to appear preinstalled on Dell's desktops and laptops.

In addition, Canonical has been expanding its support operations. The company already has a basic certification for administrators, which is derived from the Linux Professional Institute, LPIC-1: the Ubuntu Certified Professional.

Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Is Ubuntu Enterprise-Ready?

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
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