The Canonical training will be available both online (in May) and in face-to-face sessions (starting in June). According to Canonical's blog, the five-day face-to-face course is:
"designed for intermediate-to-advanced system administrators working in organisations which are about to deploy, or have already deployed, Ubuntu desktops and servers in the office."But the real fun starts online, where Shuttleworth will be a guest speaker in virtual classrooms that open Monday, May 4. You can find more details here.
Server Push ContinuesThe new training course is the latest step in Canonical's Ubuntu Server Edition push. Recent highlights include:
- RightScale and Turnkey Linux, respectively, each promoting Ubuntu server applications in various clouds.
- Canonical piecing together a directory services strategy to help Ubuntu Server Edition compete more effectively against Windows Server and Active Directory.
- Unison Technologies launching a unified communications system on Ubuntu.
- Plans for Hewlett-Packard to certify Ubuntu on ProLiant servers.
- A Canonical user survey highlighting Ubuntu Server Edition's continued momentum.
Missing PiecesFrankly, I'm impressed with Canonical's server progress this year. But key components -- particularly an Ubuntu-oriented Small Business Server to compete with Microsoft Small Business Server -- remain missing in action.
And a channel push, inspiring more VARs and solutions providers to get behind Ubuntu, remains long overdue. That may begin to change when Shuttleworth walks into his virtual training session. But the Ubuntu Server Edition strategy is going to take years to unfold.
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