Shane Owenby, Red Hat's regional manager for Southeast Asia is not afraid of Ubuntu or Windows on high-performance computing.
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Ubuntu no threat for now
Asked about the threat from the latest release of Ubuntu Linux, which marks the distribution's foray into the enterprise Linux space, Crenshaw said: “Their user base is still small, so we're not seeing the impact of it [Ubuntu] so far.”
He noted that vendors who move into the enterprise Linux space will face barriers. For instance, they need to achieve a “critical mass” of users before hardware and software vendors certify their products against any Linux distribution, he explained.