Please note: WorksWithU is not suggesting the polls are scientific. Anyone can participate in the polls, though participants are likely Ubuntu enthusiasts/users since the polls were conducted on WorksWithU.com.
Poll Number OneNow, onto the data points. First, we asked readers: Who Is Canonical's Top Rival?
According to 238 responses, Microsoft (54%) remains Canonical's top competitor. But I was intrigued to see Google (14%) finish second in the poll, slightly ahead of:
- Apple (12%)
- Red Hat (11%)
- Novell (5%)
- "other" (4%)
My initial blog entry about Google Chrome OS suggested that Google may wind up stealing Ubuntu's thunder in selected market niches. Fellow WorksWithU Blogger Christopher Tozzi took the opposite stance, insisting that Google Chrome OS will help Ubuntu.
Poll Number 2We took the debate to WorksWithU's readers. In our second poll, we asked readers to complete the following statement: "Google's Chrome OS for Netbooks will..."
Of the 328 poll responses...
- 38% of readers said it was too soon to say
- 24% said Chrome OS would help Ubuntu
- 20% said Chrome OS would hurt Ubuntu
- 18% said Chrome OS would neither help nor hurt Ubuntu
Long live coopetition, a term inspired by the late Ray Noorda (Novell's former CEO), to describe the need for companies to both cooperate and compete with one another.
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