Is Canonical going to have an IPO?

In today's open source roundup: Mark Shuttleworth may take Canonical public. Plus: How to install and configure Ubuntu on your Dell computer. And a review of the LG Watch Urbane

Mark Shuttleworth ponders a Canonical IPO

Canonical is currently a private company, which means you can't buy or sell shares of stock on the open market. But that may eventually change, according to a recent article on ZDNet.

SJVN reports for ZDNet:

Shuttleworth, who has funded the popular Linux company out of his own pocket since its founding in October 2004, said that while a final decision has not been made, "He's seriously thinking about taking Canonical public."

What's prompting Shuttleworth to think about taking the company public is that, "We now have a story that the market will understand."

That story is that while Canonical as a whole still isn't profitable, its OpenStack cloud division has become profitable. Shuttleworth added, "I don't believe any other company can say that about their OpenStack efforts." He's almost certainly right, with the possible exception of Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack company.

So, while Shuttleworth is not ready to announce yet, thanks to Canonical's dominant role in the OpenStack cloud, it seems it will only be a matter of time before Canonical rolls out its IPO.

More at ZDNet

The report about a possible Canonical IPO caught the attention of redditors on the Ubuntu subreddit:

FlukyS: "I really don't know how to feel about it. Like the added money is cool but what would he do with the money. Well he go all out and put the money back into the company or will he pocket it and get his money back."

Tgm4883: "I think it's a terrible idea. The one thing that Ubuntu has is someone that can make unpopular decisions and not have to answer to shareholders about it (and yet still have the funds to pay a staff)."

FlukyS: "You have a point but still maybe they can stop caring what the community think and become more a business focused distro. The one thing I would do if I was running Canonical is pushing business 10 times as hard, even working with dell or another OEM to have a full business solution that offers real value. Ubuntu for business would be a serious force."

21balloons: "I just want to spread a little caution here; this is one article which has no sources and no accompanying reports from anyone else. Form your own opinions."

T8ert0t: "They could do the Redhat/Fedora thing. That didn't go so bad."

Mhall119: "Where can you buy a laptop with Fedora preinstalled?"

More at Reddit

How to install Ubuntu on your Dell PC

Speaking of Canonical and Ubuntu, Dell has a helpful page on its Knowledge Base site that has instructions on how to install Ubuntu on your Dell computer. Be sure to check it out if you have a Dell PC and want to give Ubuntu a try on it.

How to Install Ubuntu Linux on your Dell PC

Table of Contents:

Do you need to Install Ubuntu on your Dell PC?
Setup the Ubuntu Install
Install Ubuntu on your System
Configuring the Ubuntu install
Install complete

More at Dell

There's also a follow up article that shows you how to configure Ubuntu on your Dell computer after the install is complete:

How to configure Ubuntu Linux after it's first installed on your Dell PC

Table of Contents:

First start up after the installation completes
The System Utilities
Default Applications
Configuring Applications and Updates
Online User Manual

More at Dell

LG Watch Urbane review

Smartwatches are red-hot right now, with many different Android models available on Amazon including the LG Watch Urbane. If you aren't sure if the LG Watch Urbane is worth getting, you're in luck because Linux.com has a full review.

Swapnil Bhartiya reports for Linux.com:

I like the 'watch-like' design of Urbane, but it's a matter of taste. At least it doesn't look like an iPad shrunk down and strapped around your wrist. It looks like a watch.

It's powered by a 1.2 GigaHertz Quad Core processor, 512 Megabytes of RAM and 4 Gigabytes of storage. The device has a bigger 410 Milli Amp Hours (mAh) battery as compared to 205 mAh powering the Apple Watch. The watch also has one of the best displays; its 1.3-inch P-OLED display with 320x320 pixel (245PPI) resolution. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Let's be clear: currently smartwatches are mere extensions of your smartphones. You do need to pull out your phone to do things. I totally get that one device can't replace the functionality of the other. A desktop is my main device and I spend more than 90 percent of my productive hours on there. There are many things that my Nexus 6, Nexus 7 or the iPad can't do. I am not expecting the watch to change that, but there are many tasks that can be easily performed on the watch itself. The less I have to pull my phone out, the more reasons there will be to invest in a watch which costs more than $366.

In my opinion the LG Watch Urbane is like a knock on the door; it will tell you that someone is there. But you will have to get up, walk to the door and open it to greet your guest. Or, in other words, you will still need to pull your phone out and perform a task.

Now the question is: Are you are willing to pay for that knock on the door?

More at Linux.com

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