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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:06
Mark Shuttleworth says he's pleased with "Jaunty Jackalope" but is really excited about how his operating system has become a catalyst for IT services and other market changes.

By Michael Singer
InformationWeek
April 22, 2009 07:00 AM

Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth is winding up his press junket this week to promote Ubuntu operating system version 9.04 or "Jaunty Jackalope," but he says the real work now begins: making sure companies continue to build services around Ubuntu's OS.

"I'm not slowing down just yet," Shuttleworth told InformationWeek. "We're seeing a real groundswell with Linux on the desktop, which makes it a pleasure when I talk to other executives about their strategies."

Shuttleworth may not need to do much in the way of convincing corporate America (or the rest of the world) that Ubuntu Linux is a stable operating system capable of displacing Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Windows. Announced Monday and available for download on Thursday, April 23, the desktop and server operating system brings with it improvements to network connectivity and user interface, and a quick and easy way to tap into cloud computing services.

What Ubuntu has been able to excel at is conquering the desktop. Where Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and SUSE focused on changing IT managers' views on server implementations and services, Ubuntu is starting to redefine what it means to interface with those services. Specifically, subcompact laptops -- or netbooks. Ubuntu didn't push the market to netbooks, but now it finds itself with partnerships with Intel (NSDQ: INTC), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), Dell (Dell), Acer, and Asus to power these devices.      

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