The second largest telecommunications firm in the US, AT&T, has chosen to move to Canonical, the maker of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, for its infrastructure needs.
The company said in a media release on Monday that it was moving to Ubuntu "as part of its effort to drive innovation in the network and cloud".
On January 18, Canonical's Rae Shambrook has shared with us some examples and thoughts on the upcoming design that will be implemented in Ubuntu, based on the company's new Suru visual language.
For many in the Linux community, the topic of Ubuntu brings up ire and, in some cases, nothing short of rage. Why? On the surface it's easy to point to the likes of Unity and Mir as the primary reasons for the criticism and hatred. If you look deeper, however, I think it's much more complicated. I think Ubuntu faces this petulance because:
Many users hate that Ubuntu is a commercial product
Many "hard core" Linux users look at Ubuntu as "Linux lite"
Many don't see Canonical giving back enough to the open source community
Scopes, the controversial feature in Ubuntu, is being “gracefully retired”, says Canonical.
The "commercial" search app, which combines product data from Amazon with data from your desktop and phone, is to be turned off by default in 16.04 LTS in April and in Unity 7 and 8.
The Scopes in question are for Amazon and Skimlinks.
The change will affect Ubuntu desktops and mobile phones running the GNU Linux distro. This means it’ll be down to individual users of Ubuntu phones and PCS to opt into the service, which marries up their search terms with Amazon product information.
Canonical is also killing six plug-ins that integrated desktop-based apps with online shopping results.
For many in the Linux community, the topic of Ubuntu brings up ire and, in some cases, nothing short of rage. Why? On the surface it's easy to point to the likes of Unity and Mir as the primary reasons for the criticism and hatred. If you look deeper, however, I think it's much more complicated.
AT&T, which has been around in its current form since 2005, has selected Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system, "to be part of an effort to drive innovation in the network and cloud", beating rivals such as Microsoft Azure and IBM to the punch.
Even though Linux may not be performing well in the desktop market, it however owns the two most important markets without any doubt, which are servers and smartphones. On one hand, where PC sales are going down, on the other, sales of Android phones are on the rise which it capturing a major share of the market. While everyone is spending less time on Windows computers, there are more than happy to be glued to their phones, which are likely powered by the Linux kernel.
I have been a hardcore CentOS user for many years now. I enjoyed its minimal install to create a light environment, intuitive installation process, and it’s package manager. Docker is the most popular container format today and provides developers and enthusiasts with an easy way to run workloads in containerized environments. I started using Docker in production at home for about a year now for services such as Plex Media Server, Web Server for this blog, ZNC, MineCraft, and MySQL to name a few. A Dockerfile is a set of instructions used to create a Docker image. I invested many hours creating perfect Dockerfiles using CentOS and Fedora to make deployments simple on any operating system. However, a personal revolution was brewing.
AT&T is moving away from proprietary systems and stepping toward Canonical Ltd.'s open-source operating system Ubuntu.
Canonical announced the news in a blog post, saying it is joining forces with AT&T to provide its Ubuntu OS and engineering support for the carrier's cloud, network and enterprise applications.
The companies disclosed that the partnership is significant in coming up with Ubuntu-based apps across the internal and external systems of AT&T.
App permissions is a feature that's now present in pretty much all the major mobile operating systems, but Ubuntu has the best implementation available right now.