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Old 04-03-2008, 06:57 AM   #1
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Smile Red Hat Linux, Novell may get more competition on servers from Ubuntu


Red Hat, Novell get more competition on servers
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Red Hat Inc (RHT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Novell Inc (NOVL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will soon face more competition from a small rival, Ubuntu Linux, in the market for open-source software programs that run server computers.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, said on Wednesday that Sun Microsystems Inc (JAVA.O: Quote, Profile, Research) would soon certify that his software is compatible with some Sun products.

Sun is the first of the world's major server computer makers to certify that its hardware works with Ubuntu Linux, Shuttleworth told Reuters in an interview.

Such certifications are important because there are dozens of types of independently developed Linux software and many of them are not compatible with hardware and software sold by the world's largest computer and software makers.

Red Hat, which reported $523 million in revenue in its fiscal year ended February 29, became the world's largest commercial provider of Linux software for server computers primarily by through such certifications.

Red Hat Linux software is certified to work with hundreds of different software programs and pieces of hardware, a key selling point because it means that customers don't need to spend time customizing the software to work with their existing computer systems.

Terri Molini, a spokeswoman for Sun, confirmed the relationship with Ubuntu, saying she expects the certification will happen "very soon."

Molini said that her company is also working to make sure its Java programming language, tools and Java server are compatible with a new version of Ubuntu -- Ubuntu 8.04 -- that is coming out later this month and code-named Hardy Heron.

Shuttleworth develops Ubuntu with help from software programmers around the world, many of whom contribute their time at no charge. He makes money by selling contracts to upgrade the software, provide help desk support and bug fixes through Canonical Ltd, a privately held company that he owns.

Red Hat and Novell both sell subscription versions of Linux, which come with similar support.

Versions of Ubuntu for desktop computers and servers are available for free download over the Internet at www.ubuntu.com.
 
Old 04-03-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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Oh please! This has "press release" written all over it. Its not real "news".

Sun isn't really that big in the PC market that most Linux is on. It isn't even clear exactly for which equipment they're certifying Ubuntu. The SPARC systems? Are we to assume then that Sun is going to quit making Solaris? Should we ignore Sun's push to get OpenSolaris used on PCs which would be a direct competition to Linux in that space?

As to the Java fluff - Java is made available for ALL distros of Linux not just Ubuntu so there is no selling point there at all. (Not to mention Java being available on many other platforms as well.)

I'm not saying Ubuntu isn't a good distro. Haven't used it myself but there are many Linux users that love it. For commercial purposes however I'd say RedHat has the lion's share with (Novell) Suse being second.

The certifications the article mentions that made RedHat a leader in this space weren't hardware certifications but software certifications. Many enterprises are willing to use Linux these days mainly because folks like Oracle and other commercial software makers have certified. These software certifications are important because in enterprise installations what is critical is support by these software companies.
 
Old 04-25-2008, 12:20 AM   #3
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Seems like that a good (or success) linux distribution always need a company (?) to support it.
 
  


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