Ubuntu Makes Business Moves, but No Oracle Deal ... Yet

In a rare public appearence, Mark Shuttleworth talks about Ubuntu, Canonical and his Linux business plans.

On the eve of Ubuntu Linuxs Version 6.10 release, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu and its commercial wing, Canonical, held an early morning meeting in London to talk about Ubuntu, Canonical and their business future.

Despite the almost endless rumors about an Oracle deal in the works to either buy or partner with Ubuntu, no such deal, according to Shuttleworth, will be announced ... yet.

At the same time, however, he made it clear that there will be a Ubuntu/Oracle partnership in the future. "There has been a tremendous amount of interest in Oracle on Ubuntu, and that will be one of the strategic steps well take in due time," Shuttleworth said.

Its worth noting, though, that Oracle has already used Linux for years. It was in 2002, after all, that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison promised to run the companys entire business on Linux. Oracle also has long-standing partnerships with Red Hat and Novell.

While this will be a big move for Ubuntu as it continues its enterprise push, it wont be a major change for Oracle.

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