Should MS Buy Canonical, No Year of Linux Desktop
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Should MS Buy Canonical, No Year of Linux Desktop
by Susan Linton - Apr. 26, 2016Comments (2)
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Ubuntu is the big headline winner again today. Janakiram MSV today suggested that Microsoft should buy Canonical for several reasons, one being instant "access to a huge install base and a vibrant open source community." OMG!Ubuntu! is soliciting your pronunciation of Ubuntu and Matt Hartley said Snap packages could "change the way we look at desktop packages for Linux." Justin Pot today said the year of desktop Linux will never come and is evidenced by the loss of developers and crumbling applications. The Free Software Foundation released their evaluation of code hosts' commitment to user privacy and freedom and Fedora 24 community supplemental wallpapers were announced. With Microsoft and Canonical's new chummy relationship still on the minds of many, Janakiram MSV, former Microsoft executive, today said "Microsoft's Open Source strategy is incompletely" without them. He said with Microsoft trying to change their image away from being Windows-only, it only makes sense to buy Canonical. Ubuntu has millions of users and "an army of developers and system administrators." Besides people, Canonical comes with LXD, Snappy Ubuntu Core, and Juju - all things that could make Microsoft more competitive in the cloud and IoT. To Janakiram, there are no downsides for Microsoft. In other Ubuntu news, The Register posted a review of the newest release today saying, "From the more privacy-friendly defaults to the under-the-hood support for ZFS and Snap packages, Ubuntu 16.04 is not just great today, but lays the foundations for what looks like a bright future." Matt Hartley today examined the good, the bad, and ugly aspects of Ubuntu Snap packages. Apparently, there is still some controversy as to how to pronounce Ubuntu and OMG!Ubuntu! has the solution: have everyone make a video of themselves pronouncing it as they do everyday. They've also provided an infographic of the correct pronunciation of other Ubuntu derivatives. Speaking of infographics, PC Tech Mag today provided one today to try and help users decide if they want to use Debian, CentOS, or Ubuntu. The Free Software Foundation today released their evaluations of code-hosting services and, only received an "A" rating. GitLab passed with a "C," GitHub and SourceForge failed miserably mainly because their sites require non-free JavaScript and excludes some countries. FSF provided their criteria matrix and reasons for deductions as well. They said these evaluations are important because "repositories are used not only by software developers but also by software users, and they have a large impact on the free software community." Justin Pot today wrote that the year of Linux never came and "it never will." He said, "Companies that once released Linux versions are now concluding it’s not worth maintaining them. The year of the Linux desktop never came. Developers bailed. And some apps are starting to break for lack of maintenance." As examples he listed breaking and feature limited Spotify, Skype, and Flash. He continued by saying that Steam is still supported, but the AAA games aren't coming to Linux. As a result, Linux will continue to grow in the enterprise, underneath the Internet, and behind Android and connected devices, but desktop Linux will never catch on. In other news: * Take a look at Fedora 24 supplemental wallpapers * Security support for Wheezy handed over to the LTS team as of April 25 * elementary OS 0.3.2 "Freya" review
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by an anonymous user on Apr. 26, 2016Someone is outta their mind. Many of the Ubuntu-userbase switched from Windows because of Microsofts businesstrategy. If Microsoft was to guide Ubuntu (i guess thats the intention of the writer) it would make it as sucky and privacyinvading as Windows is where you the user become a product, the community and its developers would switch to one of the many great alternatives and users would follow. Not buying the Microsoft loves Linux thingy, Microsoft can never be what companies like RedHat is. Not gonna happen, ever.
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by an anonymous user on Apr. 27, 2016As Janakiram, said there is no downside for Microsoft. The loser will be Canonical.
It's good to see both companies cooperating, but their philosophies are completely different. Canonical has reached where it is now in the cloud and iOT thanks to their philosophy and community.
If Microsoft acquires Canonical, many (if not all) of the community will leave. Their support of Canonical is based on their belief in the philosophy behind Canonical's efforts and likely even their anti-Microsoft sentiments.
Look at what happened to Foxpro and Nokia. Please read this blog about Visual Foxpro and the comments and you will get a sense that the same will happen to Canonical and Ubuntu:
Nokia has come even further down under Microsoft particularly since they tried to put the Windows brand and OS on to their flagship phones.
The same will happen to Canonical with the Windows branding and business philosophy (they will never let the Ubuntu name stay and replace it with something like "Windows NextGen") that will fragment the Ubuntu community and cause it to gradually disintegrate - a la Foxpro and Nokia.
Yes, there is no downside for Microsoft. The downside is all on Canonical. If Microsoft is really smart, instead of coralling Canonical, it should just ride alongside or even in the wake of the Canonical horse. Let Canonical ride free and it will continue on its race unfettered.
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