Most of my dealing with Ubuntu GNU/Linux has been on clients but it’s out there, running this blog, on servers and now in the cloud.“Ubuntu is now the most popular operating system in cloud – it’s number one on AWS, the leading Linux on Azure, dominates DigitalOcean and is first choice on most other public clouds. Ubuntu is also w3tech’s web operating system of the year and the Linux platform showing the fastest growth for online infrastructure whilst most others are decline. In 2012 and 2013 we saw Ubuntu and Ubuntu OpenStack being chosen by large financial service organisations and global telcos for their infrastructure. Big name web scale innovators like Snapchat, Instagram, Uber, Quora, Hailo and Hipchat among others have all chosen Ubuntu as their standard infrastructure platform. We see Ubuntu leading the charge as the platform for software defined networking, scale out storage, platform as a service and OpenStack infrastructure. In fact, a recent OpenStack Foundation survey revealed that 55% respondents are running Ubuntu on OpenStack – over double that of its nearest competitor. If you measure success by adoption, then Ubuntu is certainly winning the market for next generation, scale out workloads.”On servers there’s not much disadvantage to some of Canonical’s tricks like disUnity or Mir. It’s all basically Debian GNU/Linux rocking those servers. You have to give credit to Canonical for actually having salesmen as well as developers turning out a great product and encouraging the world to use it.
Debian is not about hiring salesmen so the world of FLOSS needs folks like Canonical to go the last mile reaching out to actual users. Perhaps after the various fiascos on the desktop, Canonical will figure out a way to give back to the FLOSS community without breaking so many things. The things the FLOSS community needs most of all are more users and space on retail shelves. Canonical has done a lot for that and I thank them. However, we don’t need Canonical telling the FLOSS community how everything is wrong about GNU/Linux and Canonical needs to fix it. That’s just negative. I hope in 2014, Canonical senses weakness in the Wintel monopoly and does what they can do to get more retail shelf-space for GNU/Linux. They are good at that. They should do that. The things that make GNU/Linux great on servers: low cost and high performance, are also available to users of GNU/Linux on desktops, notebooks, tablets, whatever…. Canonical’s salesmen should push that.
See Canonical Blog.