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Ubuntu Linux Continues To Dominate OpenStack and Other Clouds (zdnet.com) 23

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: One reason Ubuntu is increasing its lead is that Jujo, Canonical's application modeling and deployment DevOps tool, has been gaining in popularity. In the latest OpenStack user survey, we see that OpenStack is finally gaining real momentum in private clouds. We also see that Ubuntu Linux is continuing to dominate OpenStack. As Canonical cloud marketing manager Bill Bauman said, "Ubuntu OpenStack continues to dominate the majority of deployments with 55 percent of production OpenStack clouds. The previous survey showed Ubuntu OpenStack at 33 percent of production clouds. Ubuntu has seen almost 67 percent growth in an area where Ubuntu was already the market leader. These numbers are a huge testament to the community support Ubuntu OpenStack receives every day." The Cloud Market's latest analysis of operating systems on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) shows Ubuntu with just over 215,000 instances. Ubuntu is followed by Amazon's own Amazon Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI), with 86,000 instances. Further back, you'll find Windows with 26,000 instances. In fourth and fifth place, respectively, you'll find Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with 16,500 instances and then CentOS with 12,500 instances.
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Ubuntu Linux Continues To Dominate OpenStack and Other Clouds

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  • Looks like I have to type more than that so the code knows I really mean:

    sed -e 's,jujo/juju,g'

  • Ubuntu Users.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by geggam ( 777689 ) on Friday April 15, 2016 @08:49PM (#51919269)

    Dont know how to delete their instances :)

    • by KGIII ( 973947 )

      I actually prefer Ubuntu. Well, no... I do not prefer Ubuntu, not at all. Ubuntu is shitty. I prefer Lubuntu which is just Ubuntu with LXDE and some different defaults. I like LXDE. I like the simplicity and I can make it look good enough for me. In fact, I think it's quite attractive. I even built my own disappearing dock and have it all customized.

      And now they're switching it to LXQt... *sighs*

      Fortunately, I'm smart enough to be able to keep my LXDE going on my own. I'll try LXQt, I'll try anything once.

      • The problem for Ubuntu users and others is the confusing use of the "Ubuntu" project name to also denote the default GUI desktop flavour, the "ubuntu-desktop" virtual package-name, or the installer ISO name.

        This article is talking about Ubuntu as guest in virtual machines where the install images are generally from the ubuntu-cloud [1], Canonical partner-images [2] or ubuntu-server ISOs [3].

        Ubuntu GUI users are probably only familiar with the GUI flavour names, as in:

        $ apt-cache search -n '.*buntu-desktop'
        u
      • In other words, you're hung up on the GUI and the desktop. Cloud instances of Ubuntu - and cloud hosts of Ubuntu - are likely not going to be managed by a desktop GUI. Most GUI management of the cloud is done via webapps where it doesn't matter what OS you are dialing in from.

        • by KGIII ( 973947 )

          I run a number of instances headless and use SSH to access them. Even there, I still like the Ubuntu ecosystem. It's damned handy.

    • Marco Marsala could give them some assistance.

  • Neckbeards yell at clouds.

  • Ubuntu? Meh... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by markdavis ( 642305 ) on Friday April 15, 2016 @11:36PM (#51919801)

    The more important news is that EC2 is ~ 341,000 Linux installs to MS-Windows' puny 26,000. Linux is 1,312% more popular! No wonder Microsoft wants to somehow incorporate Linuxy and Linuxish in MS-Windows...

    • by stevek ( 25276 )

      Is EC2 really only ~370,000 instances overall? That seems off by several orders of magnitude...

      • >"Is EC2 really only ~370,000 instances overall? That seems off by several orders of magnitude..."

        I thought so too. But those are the numbers from the site. They don't say what criteria is being used.

    • by Dutch Gun ( 899105 ) on Saturday April 16, 2016 @04:27AM (#51920449)

      I think Linux makes much more sense as a general cloud OS run in VMs, especially if your applications are written in portable C, C++, or Java. Microsoft's advantage on the desktop has always been its strong ecosystem. Their servers work well for corporate environments, largely because they interop with and manage their desktop systems pretty well.

      However, for the cloud, that legacy ecosystem doesn't really exist yet, so everyone is starting more or less on equal footing. And most of the major services allow you to manage your instances the same way, regardless of the OS running in the VM. So, why not use the zero-cost open source solution, all other factors being equal? So, yeah, the numbers don't really surprise me.

      Before you gloat too much, however, remember that which OS is being used for cloud services is no longer of any strategic importance to Microsoft. They're making money with their cloud services regardless of whether people are running Windows or Linux. This also explains why they're suddenly keen to embrace cross-platform and Linux development, which seems to have a lot of Linux devotees confused/suspicious - but it makes perfect sense if you look at it from this perspective.

    • by CRC'99 ( 96526 )

      I wonder more if this doesn't indicate that a lot of people deploying these are relatively new to computing.

      I don't know anyone who runs anything serious on Ubuntu - however those who have only just started playing with computing seems to gravitate towards Ubuntu.

  • by Hohlraum ( 135212 ) on Saturday April 16, 2016 @10:18AM (#51921431) Homepage

    AKA Ubuntu Server :) That being said, they do polish it up very nicely. Debian dragging their feet on PPA support certainly doesn't help IMO.

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