Can System Builders Turn to Ubuntu?By Frank Ohlhorst | Print
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
While hundreds of case studies, articles and training sessions have all shown that Linux can be a viable alternative, the simple fact remains, users are not flocking to it! Can this latest Ubuntu distribution change that? Probably not! But, the ranks of Windows users are becoming more and more disenchanted every day! There are those that shun Windows Vista (in any form), there are those still investing in Windows XP, and there are those that are just plain trapped by Windows Operating Systems and associated line of business applications. And that may be where the opportunity is for solution providers looking to think outside the box!
A little more about Ubuntu
Luckily, the server side of the equation here is aimed at technically savvy network administrators and integrators, meaning that the issues that would confound desktop users (and even some system builders) won’t come into play.
The story is a little different when it comes to the various desktop editions of Ubuntu, desktop users and those supporting them have to deal with a variety of choices when it comes to selecting the right edition. First, there is a question of which of the three flavors of desktop environments to choose, there is GNOME, KDE and XFce. What’s more, there is an educational version (Edubuntu) and a version that only uses free software distributions (Gobuntu). Beyond choosing which distribution and interface, installers will need to decide if they want to use a 64 or 32bit version. Arguably, the most popular choice here is Ubuntu 8.04 32bit with the GNOME desktop, with KUbuntu (KDE) 32bit following closely behind.