Recently Mark Shuttleworth spoke with The 451 Group at length about Dapper, Ubuntu, and the trends and development of the open source and free software movements. Here we will present Shuttleworths comments along with insight and commentary from 451 Group analysts.
Read the first part here
Ubuntu 6.06, the Dapper Drake, is scheduled to launch officially on 1 June. Weve been running it here at The 451 Group for some months (in fact, this report was produced on it – see Open Source software at The 451 Group). In addition to its obvious desktop enhancements, much work has been done by the Ubuntu development team to appeal to a market which until recently seemed to have been beyond Ubuntus reach: the enterprise server.
When Shuttleworth originally suggested that the delay take place, the reasons given were to increase stability and reliability of Dapper, as well as devoting additional developer time to UI polish, to try to make Dapper stand out as a high-quality desktop operating system for large-scale deployment. While there was some grumbling of the But-we-could-be-ready-in-time type from developers, it seemed that most people felt the stated goals were laudable, and the delay brief enough.