Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth is focused on JuJu, a solution for deploying cloud services. JuJu is already mature and useful, but Ubuntu developers envision expanding on it in major ways in 2013, as evidence from mailing archives and Canonical announcements.
We've all been told that the "cloud"--whatever exactly we believe that means--is the future, and the desktop is headed for the dustbin. What we hear less about is the potential of the cloud for reinvigorating and redefining desktop computing. Here's how that could happen, and why it should.
If the story of the last two decades was about large American software companies constructing near-monopolies through the clever combination of proprietary licenses and vendor lock-in, the trend going forward is the unraveling of those monopolies as open-source developers learn to leverage the cloud. I recently spoke with Brian Joseph, CEO of open-source groupware provider Zarafa, about this shift, among other things. Here's what he had to say.
We knew Ubuntu was "Linux for human beings." Aiming to catch the current cloud computing wave, Canonical has now also officially deemed Ubuntu as "the cloud OS." But what exactly does the claim mean to cloud services providers (CSPs) and potential Ubuntu channel partners?
It's one thing to talk in vague terms about "the cloud," and another to write software that actually works with it. Thanks to Ubuntu's cloud-init package, coding for the cloud can be simple, practical and even straightforward. Here's a look at the technology in action, and where it fits into the larger cloud-computing ecosystem.