Hindsight’s fantastic but I’ve been harping on about this for years – Ubuntu/Canonical should focus on the office Desktop like Red Hat has focused on the server – we know that Microsoft can hiccup (Win NT, Vista and the Nokia windows phone) Red Hat exploited Win NT; nobody exploited Vista (stupid) and Win-mobile is just too little too late in a already monopolised market.
Now Ubuntu/Canonical have a new window of opportunity to exploit a massive gap in office desktops- when WinXP finally takes it’s last mighty sigh and dies in 2014. Ubuntu has shown that it can make a very slick and easy to install system – just expand that to the office with slick cloud and virtualisation integration – they could make a killing as millions of computer users will either have to fork out capital to upgrade or use a computer with nasty security issues. XP is still the worlds biggest Operating System on desktops.
However, that’s not where Ubuntu/Canonical have got their sights set – they’re looking at the mobile market … wtf! Unless it’s ’tilt the earth off its axis’ revolutionary it’s just gonna be lost amongst many many contenders (and lets not forget the two biggies Android/Samsung and Apple aren’t going to make too many mistakes). It just doesn’t make business sense to get into phones and tablet as a latecomer….
Perhaps office desktops aren’t cool enough for Canonical boss Mark Shuttleworth. As Red Hat have shown (a billion dollar Linux OS company) you don’t have to be at the cool end of town to make heaps of $$$s.
Just wish I had the capital like Canonical to take advantage (and make a killing) of the death of WinXP …. anyone interested????