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The next red-letter day for Ubuntu fans will be April 24, when Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support) arrives. Mark Shuttleworth, the CEO of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, guarantees that the next version of the popular Linux distribution will make it on time, with something for enterprise, desktop, and Internet users.
In an interview, Shuttleworth made the point that, while many executives have yet to realize it, "Open source software projects and Linux distros are actually better than proprietary companies at hitting deadlines." In particular, Shuttleworth says, "Companies are now comparing Linux with Vista, and it's clear that's Linux does a better job of meeting people's expectations.
Hitting release dates is more important to Shuttleworth than ever before because Ubuntu 8.04 is aimed straight at enterprise server needs. This time around, unlike the last LTS, 6.06, which came out in June 2006, Canonical will not be going it mostly alone for business deployments of Ubuntu. Shuttleworth says, "The big difference is how other companies are supporting it.