Ubuntu allies with Amazon and Dell

Ubuntu allies with Amazon and Dell

Summary: Ubuntu has managed alliances with two companies which make money doing what they do. Amazon makes money in cloud computing, Dell is still profitable.


The next Ubuntu release, dubbed Karmic Koala (k is the 10th letter of the alphabet and this is officially release 9.10) is drawing attention for its support for clouds and its improved desktop.

But when I look at Mark Shuttleworth's own memo announcing the feature freeze, another word jumps out at me. (This cute little guy lives at Aditya Kavoor's blog. Hope he got through the fires OK.)

That word is alliances.

In terms of cloud computing the new Ubuntu koala is cuddly with Amazon's cloud, as Mark Asay notes. Whether that makes things more open or closed, the fact is Amazon's EC2 cloud is currently dominating the space.

It's open for business, it's ready for your apps, today. It's not like Google's cloud, devoted solely to Google applications, and it's not like Microsoft's cloud, devoted to Windows, and it's not like IBM's clouds, custom-built like a new global subdivision.

Amazon's cloud is a service businesses use to host serious applications, many of which make money. Standing at the side of such a cloud vendor is good business.

As to the desktop, Shuttleworth specifically cites one Netbook vendor, Dell, in his note. This is mainly for the sake of a pun, but the fact remains that Dell has a full line of Ubuntu Netbooks and laptops.

While HP supports a wide variety of distros, and its true support for desktop Linux is open to question, Dell's support for Ubuntu seems solid. It appears Dell has become a reliable Ubuntu ally.

This is important. Few Linux vendors want to dance the corporate dance. Yet corporations insist on it, and such technology alliances give buyers comfort.

Ubuntu has managed alliances with two companies which make money doing what they do. Amazon makes money in cloud computing, Dell is still profitable.

At the bottom of a recession those are the kinds of friends you want to have, and Ubuntu has them. Now if it can extract money from those relationships it's set.

Topics: Dell, Amazon, Cloud, Hardware, Open Source

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  • someone at MS will blow up a fuse

    i can see monkey boy turning red and throwing arm chair

    i love it
    • Why?

      Windows netbooks outsell Linux netbooks quite easilly.

      Why blow a fuse? My guess is that the many other Linux distros are the ones throwing chairs, worried of their demise.

      That is the part I love!

      Continuez votre attepts ? spinning ces articles, c'est humoristique
      • The answer is simple

        Microsoft cannot stand any competition at all. And now Dell is moving forward with Ubuntu (not my favorite distribution... but it's Linux none the less) support that only means that Linux is now validated as a legitimate contender.

        Microsoft cannot have that. And that's the beauty of the whole thing. Because now Dell is partnered up along with Amazon and Ubuntu, we should start to see more application being ported to Linux which will further legitimize Linux as being ready for mass consumption.

        And that burns the Redmonians arses badly! ]:)
        Linux User 147560
      • I ask you why...

        ...would any distro be worried about their demise. Unlike MS they don't survive based on sales and market share. The survive because they feel like it. They have nothing to worry about.

        MS on the other hand has to worry that overnight a new OS has taken 30% of the market share in a new market. Thats plenty enough to blow a fuse over.
      • Linux is still at 20% on netbooks compared to 1% of the general market, AND

        MS had to bring back XP and offer huge discounts to thwart Linux on Netbooks. That cost MS hundreds of millions in earnings, and forced them to get into a market they did not want to service.
        • Cost MS hundreds of millions?

          Please explain your comment about providing XP to the netbook market costing MS hundreds of millions. MS made their money on XP a long time ago, so providing it to the netbook market cost them nothing. Assuming that they did charge a nominal fee for XP, then they had additional income that they had not counted on for an obsolete and already depreciated OS. If you wish to make the point that MS got caught unprepared by the surging netbook market, then I would agree, but pushing out a version of XP for that market cost them little. Considering that they now dominate that market, it would seem to have been a smart move, and bought them time to prep a version of Win7 more specifically tailored for that class of machines.
          • And how can you charge full price

            for Windows XP when Vista is out, and Windows 7 is around the corner?

            I agree, Microsoft really lost zero dollars here.
          • Who says they charged full price?

            At full price, those netbooks would be a lot more expensive. I'm not talking about sticker retail for an MSOS, but at the usually-cited $40 OEM unit price, plus OEM markup, plus retail markup you're not talking about pocket lint out of a $300 retail total.

            By all accounts MS heavily discounted "XP for netbooks" to keep them from being a 100% Linux space. When the ARM netbooks show up later this year, it's going to get a lot worse for Monkey Boy.
            Yagotta B. Kidding
        • *Yawn* Here we go again...

          [i]MS had to bring back XP and offer huge discounts to thwart Linux on Netbooks[/i]

          Yet [i]another[/i] cut and paste of the same old line, time and time again.

          Or they cut the price as vendors did not think it was correct to purchase the older Operating System for the price of Vista, with Windows seven around the corner?

          But no, of course not; it [i]had[/i] to be because of Linux.

          I think the real reason is that Linus was forced to offer Linux for free because of Windows: No one wanted to pay for Linux.

          Maybe I will cut and paste that time, and time, and time again...
          • Trying to keep your facts straight again ...

            [i]Or they cut the price as vendors did not think it was correct to purchase the older Operating System for the price of Vista, with Windows seven around the corner?[/i]

            The only reason that Windows Se7en is just around the corner is the fact that there's pressure from Linux. If this competition wasn't present XP would have already been retired and Vista would have been the only option.

            Low cost Netbooks would have never made it to market since Vista would have been the only choice available. Without Linux as competition Microsoft would have been able to dictate terms to the manufacturers and once again retarding innovation in the marketplace.

            If the future if you're going to lie at least make it plausible instead of some Microsoft induced propaganda, mkay?
          • Windows 7 for netbooks

            Does GuidingLight offer real news? Will Microsoft raise the price of Windows Netbook licenses to cover the development cost of Windows 7? Stay tuned...
      • wow your french is getting better

        My god your french is great
        • Some in France would say that

          <i>son fran&ccedil;ais est une merde</i>, just like <i>Windoze</i>.

          Those french, they are not always polite.
          InAction Man
        • Must be the teacher

          ...but given your handle are we sure it's French? <g>
          • It has a french structure but some words are not exactly french

            For lack of a better word I would call it <b>frenglish</b>.
            InAction Man
          • Sort of like Spanglish?

            Or Texanish?
          • Exactly, but he got the structure right

            and the word <i>spinning</i> sounds very good when said with a french accent, I would hate seeing it translated to french. That makes me believe that he is really trying to perfect his french.
            InAction Man
          • It's better than some of the Manglish I've seen around here. (NT)

  • See what happens ...

    ... when abusive corporations like Microsoft are curtailed in the marketplace. It gives rise to competition casting a net that gives the greatest amount of good by lowering costs.

    Everyone wins, except Microsoft of course.
  • The Year of Linux Alliances. Beautiful :D nt