It’s been rumored in the past week or so that HP may be developing a flavor of Linux to allow them to move past all of the headaches that come with Windows Vista. Nobody really knows at this point, but I do think that if it is true, it’s both a good move for HP, and a good thing for the Linux community in general.
If HP were to develop a flavor of Linux for their systems, there are a number of things that could finally come to the forefront for Linux. A wider audience, official hardware and driver support, and better technical support, to name a few. However, it’s unlikely that HP will develop a flavor of Linux made for distribution across all hardware platforms, though the Linux implementation may be easier to move to new systems than it’s current proprietary Unix implementation HP-UX. But that doesn’t mean the contributions to further improve Linux will not help the entire community.
For Linux to finally make it as a mainstream desktop operating system, a backing like this from a major player such as HP is the final push it needs to compete with Apple and Microsoft. This could mean big things for Linux. Let’s hope the rumors are true, it could be interesting.
In a mailing list post dated September 8th, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced plans for Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, scheduled for release in April, 2009.
Shuttleworth starts out by making a bold statement that we can expect Ubuntu to be shipping on millions of devices by next year, thus setting the bar very high for Ubuntu in order to compete with the major players, Microsoft and Apple.
Goals of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
Mark also lays out two specific goals that Jaunty Jackalope will have. The first being faster boot time and faster resume time. I really think this is a great area for Ubuntu 9.04 to address. Boot time can certainly be improved and would make the experience of Ubuntu that much better. The second goal will be to work towards blurring web services and desktop applications. “Is it a deer? Is it a bunny? Or is it a weblication – a desktop application that seamlessly integrates the web!”
This release looks promising and I really can’t wait to start testing the beta versions.
As for now, Ubuntu 8.10 is scheduled to be released next month, so I’m looking forward to the Intrepid Ibex for now.
I have one word to describe the new Microsoft commercial with Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld. Horrible.
The news is a bit old by now, but I thought I’d make a statement on the new commercial I just saw with Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld that takes place in shoe store. It really has nothing to do with the Microsoft operating system Windows, or any of Microsoft’s products at all. It’s a stab at comedy, and Jerry Seinfeld does show a little comedy, but all it really did was make me say “what the hell?”
I find it sad that Microsoft’s new $300 million marketing campaign can’t do a little better than this.
Here’s the embedded video, as well as the direct link to YouTube.