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The Register: “Ubuntu heads for the mainstream”

The Register reports: “Ubuntu heads for the mainstream

“Mark Shuttleworth, millionaire cosmonaut and self-funded Linux guru, has managed to make his Ubuntu project the Linux distribution of choice in just two years. But now the friendly brown OS with the cute drumming noises faces an awkward journey towards the commercial mainstream.

Ubuntu has had quite a ride in those two years. By many benchmarks, it’s the most popular Linux flavour there is. It’s top of the Distrowatch download chart, and it’s the distro most frequently installed on Dell PCs according to Michael Dell himself…

Ubuntu has also started to appear pre-installed on PCs from the Singapore-based company, Esys – which will be a crucial step in taking Ubuntu to people who don’t have the skills to install it themselves.”

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