Canonical/Ubuntu CEO Mark Shuttleworth Visits Dell

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Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, sat for a video interview with Dell Cloud Computing Evangelist Barton George. In it, Shuttleworth takes a "service pack" shot at Windows 7 and covers numerous questions about Canonical's business and cloud strategy. Here's the video -- plus some perspectives from WorksWithU.

The video, posted on George's personal blog, covers such topics as: Dell and Ubuntu Moblin Remix; Shuttleworth's Linuxcon keynote; release schedules; cloud-related goals for Ubuntu 9.10; perspectives on Windows 7 and Canonical's march toward profitability. Here's a look:


Perspectives From WorksWithU

It's always good to see bloggers aking questions about Canonical's potential march to profitability and business model. Shuttleworth dodges the question but at least George asked it. Frankly, WorksWithU itself has to do a better job asking financial questions about the companies we cover.

Also of note: Shuttleworth's decision to visit Dell and be recorded on video should not be taken lightly. Dell's U.S. team took some lumps in mid-2009 for failing to offer a PC desktop with Ubuntu pre-loaded. But the Dell Ubuntu Moblin Netbook Remix announcement coupled with Shuttleworth's campus visit should put any concerns about the Canonical-Dell relationship to rest.

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Robbie Williamson (undacuvabrutha) 's status on Friday, 25-S (not verified)
on Sep 25, 2009
Jef Spaleta (not verified)
on Sep 25, 2009
What's most interesting about the Dell Moblin remix is that they admit that its an unpolished operating system offering meant as a developer preview and not everything is expected to work out of the box (bluetooth is specifically mentioned as non-functional in the video Dell has on their blog). That's a real departure in how Dell presents product offerings. I'm not sure how to interpret this change but it is a significant. -jef
Mark Shuttleworth Calls Windows 7 A Nice Service Pack | IPFi (not verified)
on Sep 26, 2009
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Mark Shuttleworth Calls Windows 7 A Nice Service Pack | TuxW (not verified)
on Sep 26, 2009
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on Sep 26, 2009
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Splatter House (not verified)
on Sep 26, 2009
XP was a service pack of windows 2000. it was win2k tweaked and bug fixes. same with win7. SP7 for Vista.
aikiwolfie (not verified)
on Sep 27, 2009
No it wasn't. XP and 2000 were initially developed in parallel. XP took longer to develop because it was a merger of the Windows NT and Windows 9.x code base. XP was also supposed to be the end of separate code bases for the desktop client and server OSs. That is a very different situation to the one we currently have with Windows Vista becoming Windows 7. Windows Vista is actually NT 6.0. Windows 7 is NT 6.1. The only major difference I can see between Vista and Windows 7 is the look of the desktop. There aren't any improvements in the start menu navigation, there aren't any improvements in the control panel layout. setting up wireless networks is still needlessly complicated by "wizards" and in-spite of all the FUD in the media. I personally haven't noticed a major difference in boot speed either. On a clean install it feels like a solid OS. But then again every OS I've ever used feels solid on a clean installation. Even Windows 3.1 is solid on a clean install. It's a few weeks and months later the cracks start to show after people have been messing with stuff. One of the supposed killer features of Windows 7 is it runs XP software. Well XP runs XP software. Which brings us nicely back to XP. While XP might not have been a major step forward for Windows 2000 users. It was unquestionably a major step forward for Windows 9.x users. Now Windows XP SP2 brought more changes and improvements to XP than Windows 7 is bring to Vista. So in that sense Windows 7 is clearly a service pack. Or at least it should be. But Microsofts problem is Vista has such a bad reputation they really need a product re-launch. And that is exactly what Windows 7 is. It's a re-branding of Vista to entice people into buying it. Remember the Mojave project?
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on Sep 27, 2009
[...] Canonical/Ubuntu CEO Mark Shuttleworth Visits Dell Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, sat for a video interview with Dell Cloud Computing Evangelist Barton George. In it, Shuttleworth takes a “service pack” shot at Windows 7 and covers numerous questions about Canonical’s business and cloud strategy. Here’s the video — plus some perspectives from WorksWithU. [...]
Socceroos (not verified)
on Sep 27, 2009
I agree with aikiwolfie's statements. I've been installing and testing Windows 7 for quite a while now on a large range of machines and all I can say it that it doesn't feel any different from Vista - apart from UAC not being so prominently annoying. Boot times *aren't* anything to write home about, and its memory usage is the same as that of Vista = way too much.
zman58 (not verified)
on Sep 28, 2009
I must wonder about the Dell relationship with Canonical. The systems Dell provide seem to be second rated with hardware not fully functional. Does Dell recommend Linux? never. What is up with that? Seems that Dell might be offering Linux only with Microsoft's blessing and only to help keep anti-trust pressure off of Microsoft and keep customer pressure at bay. That is the extent that Microsoft allows them to provide. They obviously push Microsoft OS very heavily over Linux. I remain very skeptical and will not buy from DELL until they can demonstrate that they truly support and can recommend Linux right alongside Windows--on their main website and in plain sight for all to see. I want to see them offer, and openly promote, high-end systems with Linux installed. Only then will I be convinced of this relationship.
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aikiwolfie (not verified)
on Sep 28, 2009
@zman58: Dell posts banners all over it's web site recommending Microsoft Windows Vista because Microsoft pay for that advertising. It has nothing to do with any technical assessment of the quality of Windows Vista or it's ability to perform the tasks the customer is asking of it. In Dells defence. They aren't doing anything any of the other major PC OEMs aren't doing. Microsoft pays all of them to post those statements. It's part of a long running marketing campaign called or refered to as "Marketing Dollars". Basically Microsoft pay people and companies to say nice things about their products.
r4 revolution (not verified)
on Oct 1, 2009
Ubuntu and Dell together. Very interesting. It seems that the companies in world are making unions against MS-Intel collaboration. They really do fool a mass of public in world.
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