View Full Version : Ubuntu / Canonical Partner

March 9th, 2008, 01:31 PM
Just a simple thought...

I recall that Ubuntu Dell systems got prominent advertising space on the ubuntu.com homepage not long ago.

I am assuming this was free advertising used by Canonical to promote the fact that Ubuntu is spreading to the "mass-market".

Thought I'd have another look today, to discover that the homepage link isn't there any more.

No great loss... I'll find them in the Partners list...

Except they aren't listed as Official Partners: http://webapps.ubuntu.com/partners/system/

In fact, neither is System76.

Not sure there I have a point here...

But if major supporters of Ubuntu don't see value in getting official Canonical certification, what is the point of the programme?

Forrest Gumpp
March 10th, 2008, 12:33 AM

I think that is a very good question.

It is hard to imagine that it is really Ubuntu (that is, Canonical) that has initiated these removals from the lists.

Could it be that the 'hardware partners' have identified in Ubuntu and/or the Ubuntu community something that Ubuntu and/or its community has not identified about itself?

Could it be that those whom Ubuntu has erstwhile looked upon as 'partners' see in Ubuntu a potentially overwhelming threat?

Could that putative threat in part be seen to derive from this observation (conflated from two posts) by climatewarrior: see http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4425069&postcount=17

"Here's another idea. Custom tailored Ubuntu distros. .......I think that if these were to be succesful it would [be] incredebly succesful because such a system would only [work] with free software. Neither Apple nor Microsoft could ever release such a service because of their proprietary nature."

It appears to me as a relative nuub that the computer hardware industry is wedded to the OEM paradigm, and that Microsoft has become the tail that now wags the industry dog. Both may (rightly, IMO) see themselves as fundamentally threatened by the organisational reality of Ubuntu.

It may well be thought that if Ubuntu gets up sufficiently in the market, protected quasi-monopoly positions of major hardware vendors will be difficult, if not impossible, to maintain.

Ubuntu erwach!

March 10th, 2008, 12:39 AM
hmmmmmmmm....... interesting.

March 10th, 2008, 01:57 AM
ZaReason isn't listed there too...

March 10th, 2008, 02:47 AM
You may want to ask a question at the answer tracker for the Ubuntu website: