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Ubuntu Won't Moan To EU About Microsoft 248

Barence writes "The company behind the Ubuntu Linux distro says it has no plans to follow Opera's lead and file a complaint against Microsoft to the EU. Ubuntu 10.10 is the most 'consumer-friendly' version of the Linux distro to date, but it faces an uphill battle against Microsoft's marketing machine. Even high-profile supporter Dell has dropped Ubuntu machines from its website in recent months, while continuing to remind visitors that 'Dell recommends Windows 7' at the top of every PC page. 'I don't think we've ever considered [an EU complaint],' said Steve George, vice president of business development at Canonical. 'The improvements we're making to Ubunutu ... are a better route for us to reach out to users and get a bigger user base.'"
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Ubuntu Won't Moan To EU About Microsoft

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  • by grepya ( 67436 ) on Thursday October 07, 2010 @05:03PM (#33829652)

    I use an Ubuntu (Lucid) desktop for work... customized for our organization by our IT department and fully supported. Even though I develop (server-side stuff) for the linux platform, I'd given up on using linux as my main work machine a few years ago. This was done in frustration over the amount of work I had to do to get basic features going wireless (for laptops), web videos, sound, random usb device support etc. I had gone completely over to OSX as the platform of choice. But this current iteration has completely changed my mind. No more virtual-machines-for-coding-and-real -machine-for-everything else lifestyle for me.

          Everything "just works" out of the box. Critical updates get auto-pushed (arranged by our IT... thorough our internal apt repo).... desktop/GUI behaviors etc. have been flawless... and I was able to connect my iPhone and upload all my music/photos etc. to the desktop (for more convenient headphone experience while coding). This last one is something that I positively *can not* do on my apple laptop. So in this instance, the Ubuntu desktop added value to an Apple product that another Apple product refused to do. And I was shocked to realize how plug-n-play this whole experience was (after the fact). No hacks, no "install ExperimentWare version 0.31" etc. I plugged in the phone via USB, some windows popped up to ask me what I wanted to do with the photos/music and just did what I asked. Impressive.


  • IMHO... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 07, 2010 @05:09PM (#33829726)

    > 'The improvements we're making to Ubunutu ... are a better route for us to reach out to users and get a bigger user base.'
    In my personal opinion,

    - Sun did this.
    - Digital did this.
    - Netscape did this.
    - Amiga did this.
    - BeOS did this.

    Well, that's the basic idea and the results are now well-known.

  • by perpenso ( 1613749 ) on Thursday October 07, 2010 @05:11PM (#33829754)
    I think Michael Dell already knows what to do, he's commented on situations like this in the past:

    "In 1997, shortly after Mr. Jobs returned to Apple, the company he helped start in 1976, Dell's founder and chairman, Michael S. Dell, was asked at a technology conference what might be done to fix Apple, then deeply troubled financially. "What would I do?" Mr. Dell said to an audience of several thousand information technology managers. "I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."" http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/16/technology/16apple.html [nytimes.com]
  • by jd ( 1658 ) <{moc.oohay} {ta} {kapimi}> on Thursday October 07, 2010 @05:18PM (#33829840) Homepage Journal

    Be, Inc. thought the same as you, whereas Novell did not. Novell still exists, Be does not.

    That tells me it is indeed necessary.

  • by MonsterTrimble ( 1205334 ) <monstertrimble&hotmail,com> on Thursday October 07, 2010 @05:19PM (#33829852)
    That I get, although I still question the ROI about pulling still servicable working systems out and replacing them. If they are busted or obsolete then have at 'er.
  • by Just Brew It! ( 636086 ) on Thursday October 07, 2010 @05:21PM (#33829878)

    I wish them success in their attempt to topple (or at least put a serious dent in) Microsoft based purely on technical merit. Unfortunately the landscape is littered with other companies who have tried to do so; it's an uphill battle which typically runs off a cliff at some point. I do think that Canonical is in the best position to do so since IBM with OS/2 back in the day; in fact, IMO Canonical is significantly better positioned than IBM was back then. I've been using Ubuntu as my primary OS (both at home and work!) for a while now, and in spite of the occasional glitches, it has been like a breath of fresh air. The mere thought of going back to Windows gives me nightmares.

  • by h00manist ( 800926 ) on Thursday October 07, 2010 @05:30PM (#33829972) Journal
    Is there such a thing as a group that coordinates actions to push for open-source growth strategies? Several groups might want such a thing, like governments. There was a time when I thought Microsoft was to blame for everything. These days I believe plain ole hard work, funding, partners, coordination, objectives, strategies, etc play a quite big part too.
  • Re:Kudos (Score:3, Interesting)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Thursday October 07, 2010 @07:49PM (#33831376) Homepage Journal

    I particularly like Ubuntu's focus on polish. They don't just crank out apps. They work on themes, fonts, artwork, etc.

    I'd like a hell of a lot more focus on fixing what's broken and on testing changes and less on moving my window gadgets around unnecessarily. Be nice if they would unfuck the most common bluetooth dongle on the planet, which they broke in Maverick...

  • by elashish14 ( 1302231 ) <profcalc4&gmail,com> on Thursday October 07, 2010 @09:55PM (#33832344)

    I'd given up on using linux as my main work machine a few years ago.

    I just don't understand why any informed Linux user bothers with these 'few years ago' comparisons. Tremendous progress has been made over these past few years. Linux hardware support today is nothing like what it used to be years ago. Look at all the hardware that's now being supported natively in Linux - ATI cards are being actively developed and open sourced, and even Broadcomm has opened their drivers to name a few. And support gets better and better with every new release (Ubuntu or otherwise). There's just no reason to complain if things were bad 'a few years ago.'

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 08, 2010 @12:10AM (#33833016)

    Just to add, I purchased a Dell laptop 2 yr ago and was unable to get Ubuntu as I requested. Why? Because of where I live. And the techs here and elsewhere only wanted to use Windows. Not planning on another Dell.

    And I am glad that Ubuntu is being a good neighbor, so to speak.

"The number of Unix installations has grown to 10, with more expected." -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June, 1972