At the ongoing Ubuntu 12.10 developer summit, Chris Kenyon, the VP of sales and business development at Canonical has unveiled Ubuntu’s ambitious expansion plans in the PC market. Ubuntu is already collaborating with OEMs to deliver Ubuntu Linux based machines. However, the good news is that the Ubuntu is looking forward to a 5% market share in the PC segment.
The advantage of buying a system with Ubuntu or any Linux flavor pre-loaded is eliminating the time spent in initial-configuration of display drivers, network components and syncing across monitors. These are common bummers, when we try to replace a new Windows box with Linux. However, Ubuntu has an extensive list of supported hardware, and this OEM deal will make the hardware support even better.
Phoronix lists some interesting points from Kenyon’s keynote speech.
Here’s some of the facts that Kenyon tossed out in his after-lunch keynote:
- Eight to ten million units shipped last year world-wide.
- Canonical will be opening their first Beijing office this year (their Taipei office right now handles most of their Asian operations since 2008).
- Last year Ubuntu shipped on 7.5 billion dollars (presumably USD) worth of hardware.
- Next year they expect to more than double these numbers to 18 million units world-wide, or what Chris says would be 5% of PCs shipping world-wide would be with Ubuntu Linux.
Finally, after years of vendor lock-in, the PC has finally been freed from its shackles. We hope to see an open hardware market, where the end-user has more choices and there are more than one prominent software development ecosystems.
The Ubuntu Developer Summit is taking place from 7th of this month and will continue until the 11th. The complete event schedule can be found here. The events to watch out for, include the one titled Next Steps for Hadoop on Ubuntu, App Developer Events, Ubuntu Mobile Use-cases and all events that focus on Ubuntu TV.