Dell (ubuntu-pc) and Intel (ubuntu mobile) have just signed some sort of partnership with Canonical/Ubuntu, but I’m asking myself why now and why Ubuntu?
I think the answer is composed by two parts:
- Ubuntu has a solid company behind (and also a big community, but NOT ONLY a community)
- Ubuntu was created in the name of freedom (I hope the trademark issue will be resolved in the near future)
We also had other big Linux companies such as Red Hat and Novell but the real difference between them and Ubuntu is freedom, Ubuntu has always released every part of its system as free software, unlike the others did.
Well, actually there’s also debian which lies behind Ubuntu and that’s a good thing but I don’t really think Dell and Intel cares about debian
I think Dell and Intel care about interacting with a big company and not just with a community, wich would not help maintaining a solid relationship with business based target, but they also care about trusting in the products, and what’s better than free software? Free licenses give partners a major stability about the future for fund investments for the many reasons we all know.
That’s why Ubuntu wins the race, now all the others should adapt their business and re-enter the race