Who's running Ubuntu -- and why? You can find the answers in our WorksWithU 1000 survey and associated research report -- which will ultimately track 1000 businesses, schools, government agencies and non-profit organizations running Ubuntu servers, desktops and mobile devices. Here's some background.

To see the the WorksWithU 1000 so far, visit our WorksWithU 1000 center. Also, be sure to participate in the WorksWithU 1000 survey. We've received more than 380 survey responses to date, and we intend to march quickly toward  1,000 responses.

What's Next From WorksWithU

Here are four ways we plan to compile and examine the survey data:

1. Plot Ubuntu Business Deployments Globally: Using Google Maps, we'll show readers where Ubuntu Server Edition and Ubuntu Desktop Edition are taking hold -- country by country, region by region.

2. Explore Server Trends: We'll explore the key business drivers for deploying Ubuntu Server Edition.

3. Profile Key Ubuntu Evangelists: Who are the IT managers and business managers driving corporate Ubuntu deployments? We'll be interviewing dozens of business and technology managers who bet their businesses on Ubuntu.

4. Pinpoint Continued Challenges: We know. Ubuntu needs more certified application support from major independent software vendors. It also needs more pre-load agreements on servers and desktops. Through our follow-up interviews with Ubuntu business users, we'll document how today's organizations are procuring Ubuntu-based systems and applications.

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