Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is just a few hours away and Canonical has thrown in another strong reason to use Ubuntu. Canonical has revealed its plans of software vendor support for this release of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 10.04 is an LTS (Long Term Support) release which is supported for a long period after release. This usually ranges from three to five years. This LTS will be a driving factor behind application development for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.
Jane Silber, the CEO of Canonical said,
A strong and varied ISV ecosystem is critical for Ubuntu to thrive and grow both on user’s desktops and in the world’s datacentres. We expected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to be popular with existing and prospective software partners, but response is fantastic. Users considering switching to Ubuntu or upgrading to 10.04 LTS will be encouraged by this industry support and reassured that they can use many of their favourite applications on what we are sure will become their favourite operating system
Marten Mickos CEO, Eucalyptus remarked saying that Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is seeing considerable acceptance in the industry. Dell has already announced its wish to support the Server version of Ubuntu 10.o4. Many others like IBM, VMware and Adobe are expected to follow suite.
You can see a list of applications and testimonials from the industry at this page Canonical has put up.