Jack Wallen at Tech Republic wrote, “If Richard Stallman had his way, Linux would still be stuck in the â€™90s, being used by only CompSci majors and developers. I fully respect GNU and FOSS â€” but when a camp is demanding 100% GPL software, and that demand gets in the way of evolution and adoption, something is wrong with that campâ€™s vision.”
see 10 reasons why Canonical and Ubuntu will connect the masses with Linux
That’s just plain silly. The real reason why Ubuntu GNU/Linux is getting onto OEMs’ rosters and onto retail shelves is much simpler than his 10 reasons. They have real salesmen who talk to OEMs and retailers at the same time that Wintel is stagnating. The producers and distributors of PCs know that FLOSS sells and Canonical has packaged things nicely for selling. Other distros could do as well if they had salesmen but they don’t. They are not businesses making money from FLOSS for the most part.
I expect now that Canonical has its foot in the doorway, other businesses will adopt a similar strategy to Canonical and start distributing GNU/Linux through OEMs. It is unlikely that the OEMs in Canonical’s stable will switch distros however so Ubuntu GNU/Linux will likely have the lion’s share for the foreseeable future. New OEMs of PCs, like Samsung, are more open to other distros. Linpus Linux has found a niche in Asia. There may well be particular distros adopted by emerging OEMs in other regions but it is unlikely that any other distro besides Ubuntu GNU/Linux will have the global reach needed to displace M$.
Let’s hope that Canonical gets it right. At the moment, I think they have taken a Cadillac off-road with Unity and display servers. As M$ has found with “8” there are some things that “fit” on a large screen that don’t work well on a small screen. Making one size of shoe fit all feet is not the right way to go. They have a year or two to get back onto the highway before M$ gets its strategy straight.