OpenStack today have made a number of announcements about the Bexar release of their cloud stack and we were delighted to be able to confirm its inclusion in the repositories for Ubuntu 11.04 as well as officially joining the community. We have been engaged with the OpenStack community informally for some time. Some Canonical alumni have been key to driving the the OpenStack initiative over in RackSpace and there has been a very healthy dialogue between the two projects with strong attendance at UDS and at the OpenStack conferences by engineers in both camps.
The 2010 Eclipse community survey [PDF] has just been released, and again Linux and Ubuntu is showing strong growth on the developer workstations. Some of you may remember my post on this subject last year.
From last year Windows continued its decline, while Linux continued its ascent as a developer platform:
Working from the ODS document that provides additional data, I then dug up the linux OS stats. Ubuntu has grown from 14.4% last year to 18.3% this year, or 56.1% of those running Linux as their development platform.
Gerry Carr, Canonical's head of platform marketing, announced today the availability of the results for the second Ubuntu Server Edition Survey. With almost 3000 respondants, this survey allows us to get a feeling of how the server users of Ubuntu are working with our product, and the learnings are always quite interesting.
On Monday our partner Groundwork Open Source, whom are selling a monitoring solutions that they recently certified for Ubuntu, published their statistics of the OS on which they see GWOS running on.
According to the statistics page on the Cloud Market, which claims to be "the most complete catalog of Amazon EC2 images", images using Ubuntu as the base platform have the largest share in their catalog.
My colleague Thierry Carrez just posted a blog this weekend discussing the new autoregistration features of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud that are coming up in Ubuntu 10.04LTS Server Edition.
Thanks a lot to everyone that came to Skills Matter tonight for my presentation. I have really appreciated the quality of your questions and hope that my answers were satisfying.
Some people may say that I am a statistics junky... Well that's certainly true! But what do you want, being a product manager for a product that does not require ANY form of user registration, you have a tendancy to cling to any piece of data you may find that shows that you are not working in vain. Indeed, and to the opposite of most, if not all, of our competitors, we have absolutely no way to determine what is our install base. We don't control our mirors, we don't have any ping back home mechanisms, and we are not considering adding any. So, here I am, collecting as much information I can from outside sources...
Well, october was not too bad in that sense:
Ubuntu is positioning itself as a true cloud OS, and seems so far to be the only Linux distribution to have done so, but too often we are being asked why and where we are going. I am not going to try to redefine what cloud means in this post, as this has been done countless times . If I just remind you that cloud can be divided in three layers: the infrastructure (IaaS), the development platform (PaaS) and the application (SaaS), I think that it should be enough to make sure we are thinking about the same thing.
So far, Ubuntu has produced three major components out of its cloud strategy: two at the infrastructure layer and one at the software layer:
Even though UbuntuOne is obviously a cloud product, and an important initiative for Canonical to deliver added functionality to its large user base, it should clearly be distinguished from the other two components, as one distinguishes the shovels from the buildings it allows to make. I'll only talk here about "shovels" (infrastructure components), and try to summarize where we are aiming with that. The Ubuntu mission is clearly to select the best components from open source, assemble and refine them, to provide the best possible user experience in order to leverage it against the biggest monopoly the software industry has ever known. In other word to provide a use-able alternative to the operating system/productivity suite that currently dominates the world. Our cloud strategy clearly inscribe itself within this mission, let me try to explain you why and how.
A few minutes ago my colleague Simon Wardley asked me a simple question: do we have any graphs that shows the adoption of Ubuntu Server Edition over time, other than Google trend? I could not think of any, so I figured to produce one out of the results from the Alfresco Open Source Barometer since they have now released their results three times. Here it is: