There are a bunch of different stories around one of our favorite Linux Distros this week. In the podcast we talked about Shuttleworth saying he is thinking about dropping Firefox for Chrome. As with most things like this we don't think it's a big deal because you can always just install Firefox after you have installed the machine. We also talked about Matt Asay's article in the Register giving them a hard time about still chasing the declining Netbook market. We agree and think they could be spending their time in better ways. Canonical seems to be spreading itself extremely thin. From Cloud plays to Netbooks to Music stores all seems a bit much. We are sure they will work it out but a little focus would just make it all happen faster.
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Phoronix.com, a great site with an even better preformance test suite, has a nice write up about the often talked about BRTFS(commonly pronounced Butter FS). They mention that Fedora seems to be releasing it with GRUB extenstions to allow for file system snapshot roll-backs by the end of the year and Ubuntu by the 12.04 release next April. What is so great about this? Imagine if your favorite Linux Update tool could tell BRTFS to take a snapshot of the state of the file systems every time it did an update. Then let's imagine that GRUB, our favorite boot-loader, could see that they were al there and give you the options to roll-back to that last know working version. Wouldn't that just ROCK? No more worries about not taking snapshots on virtual machines or needing to restore after a bad upgrade on a physical machine. The time saved will be incredible. We can't wait for this all to be production ready and standard on all Linux versions.
Ubuntu struck a deal with one of Germany's largest insurance companies to install 10,000 Ubuntu Based PC's. The feat was made possible partially because of the companies use of Java Software to manage claims information. The company had also standardized on Linux friendly software like Lotus Notes, Adobe Reader and OpenOffice. This is a great win for Ubuntu and Linux on the desktop. Hopefully they will write some white papers about what they did and how they overcame the problems they encountered along the way.
So my quesiton for everyone. What percentage of your company could switch over the Linux on their desktop?