Over at CNET.com they have an interesting piece on an article in the Economist that largely credits the anticipated increased rise in Linux adoption in 2008 to the work done by Canonical on Ubuntu and its acceptance on the desktop.
From the CNet post:
That’s largely the doing of Gutsy Gibbon, the code-name for the Ubuntu 7.10 from Canonical….Ubuntu (and its siblings Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu) has smoothed most of Linux’s geeky edges while polishing it for the desktop.
No question, Gutsy Gibbon is the sleekest, best integrated and most user-friendly Linux distribution yet. It’s now simpler to set up and configure than Windows. A great deal of work has gone into making the graphics, and especially the fonts, as intuitive and attractive as the Mac’s.
You can read the full post here: http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9837818-16.html
The full economist article is here: http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10410912
Momentum matters… a lot. Especially when you’re a small startup. I think I’ve mentioned that before.
Swimming against a tide that is rising in your favor just doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.
I have to say that I have been very pleased with Ubuntu. I have not used my Zonbu enough to make very many comments.
I am also not very certain of it Linux lineage. I would be interested in hearing that.