Re: If Ubuntu disappeared
I can't and won't speak for others, but I'd certainly loose respect for Canonical. They've stated (since I first installed 7.04), that Ubuntu is free and always will be. This questions a companies integrity and what future commitments they'll meet. I suspect from a marketing standpoint that the name Ubuntu would have significantly more recognition. Thus, it would make little sense to re-name the product for commercial ($$$) purposes.
After all there are people paying for Microsoft and then Paying for Software to run on it too ..... imagine the course
Should Canonical commercialize Ubuntu, I see no reason to participate. Canonical should not have made that commitment, nor should they alter it now - newest release or any release. I'm just one user with 5 systems, but I also impact numerous others systems. My discussion with those users, will point out the violation of integrity and suggest they select an alternative distro. Then assist (to my potential) them in making the transition.
You seem knowledgeable regarding this topic. Could you share any additional info with respect to a time line, intent or plan? It appears that Canonical's partnering with MS is focused on Azure. However, I agree that historically partnering with MS rarely benefits anyone but MS.
But like I said it's not over yet, or at least not quite.
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."