There is the small matter of DB2 support, as Simon Scullion reminded me this morning. Doh! I assume DB2 supports Ubuntu as part of its ambitions to foster better developer penetration. Under the leadership of Janet Perna DB2 was the least developer savvy software brand at IBM. Today, on the contrary, the database folks are all about developers, and are leading now IBM SWG leaders in areas such as PHP support. I see a call with the Information Management people in my future. Anant Jhingran the CTO is the guy to ask.
That said it could be that Ubuntu really just isn’t seeing much in the way of enterprise adoption as yet, given all the noise came from the original announcement in 2005. RedMonk talks to a lot of development and Web people about Ubuntu but enterprise developers and architects not so much. the RHEL lock remains hard to pick. Stephen’s thoughts from Ubuntu Live last week are here. I think we need to dig into the Ubuntu adoption question some more, to get beyond developers as leading indicators thinking.
Ubuntu is still an evaluation platform, if Alfresco’s numbers are anything to go by – 22% of evaluations are on Ubuntu. Production- not so much. Like I say though we’ll continue to dig in.
disclosure: IBM DB2 is a client. Stephen is an Ubuntu fanboy.