Apparently impatient about the slow development of Debian distribution system, Linspire has migrated to Ubuntu, which is another Debian-based Linux variant.
Linspire becomes one of over 20 distributions based in Ubuntu. I don’t know how it compares from other major distributions but I can see the latent power that Canonical has unleashed. And I cannot help but bring Novell in the picture.
True, openSuse has come close to the top of popular distributions, trying to eclipse Ubuntu. But I have not yet seen efforts that emulate openSuse development.
And look how the two companies try to extend their influence. Canonical works from behind while Novell spends much for PR. Canonical attracts other Linux companies while Novell attracts Microsoft. Canonical seems to be popular among the non-profit sectors while Novell looks attractive for business.
I cannot make a final judgment here but I like the way Canonical has been doing things. Mark Shuttleworth’s leadership is crucial, the guy who wants to think out of the box, while not giving up on the free and open source principles.
Let’s give it to Novell. Maybe it’s carrying it too far, but it’s the function of the Linux Foundation to monitor Linux champions’ software development and marketing activities. As long as there is openSuse, we can be left assured that the hundreds of Linux and BSD flowers, so to speak, continue to bloom.
Overall, Canonical must be commended for its efforts to reach out to other Linux champions. Perhaps it’s time to reach out to Novell? And as a check to Canonical’s tendency to monopolize things, if there was, there must be efforts to strengthen alliance among companies that embrace Linux. It’s so sad that the DCC seems doomed to fail.