Despite all the flak that Microsoft has drawn in recent times over Windows 8, its strategy of pursuing design continuity across traditional PCs and smart devices has won it a few admirers as well — some of them from unlikely quarters.
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced on Thursday that Ubuntu Linux bug #1 – "Microsoft has a majority market share" – is now officially closed. Rather than boasting about his victory, he gives much of the credit to iOS and Android. “Android may not be my or your first choice of Linux, but it is without doubt an open source platform that offers both practical and economic benefits to users and industry. So we have both competition, and good representation for open source, in personal computing.”
If something like that does happen, it will be a huge financial shot in the arm for Canonical, but to bank on it would be foolish. Canonical isn’t waiting for the proceeds from all those expected shipments to (pleasantly) inundate its coffers, though. In the meantime, it is going to rely on Amazon affiliate commissions to supplement its income.
Coming up with placeholder names for upcoming Ubuntu releases is an exercise in celebration of our rock’s biodiversity. It therefore carries great responsibility. Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth, though, seems to relish this challenge. Last week, he announced the code name of the next Ubuntu LTS (long term) release, which is scheduled for next April. Using its time-honored adjective-animal naming convention, Canonical has arrived at the name “Precise Pangolin” for Ubuntu 12.04.