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Ubuntu targets 200 million users by 2015

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 10 May 2011 at 09:20

Canonical has set a big challenge for Ubuntu: 200 million users by 2015.

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of open-source support firm Canonical, made the prediction at an Ubuntu summit in Budapest, Hungary.

"[Our] goal is 200 million users of Ubuntu in four years," he said, according to a report on an Ubuntu blog.

"We’re not playing a game for developers' hearts and minds – we’re playing a game for the world's hearts and minds," he said. "And to do that we need to play by a new set of rules."

Last year, a Canonical employee estimated that Ubuntu had 12 million users globally.

Shuttleworth also accepted criticism over the Unity interface in the latest version of Ubuntu, called Natty Narwhal. "It’s perfectly normally for debate and questions around transitions like the one we made in Natty," he said.

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User comments

Not in this household

We have 3 PCs and a Mac in this household, and there is no way I am going to add Linux to the mix. My experience is that it has been barely beta quality software for what seems like donkey's years, and I have seen no evidence of a change of mindset amongst the developer community. They never bloody finish the job. I even have a FreeBSD server, because it is rock-solid and far easier to configure.

By c6ten on 10 May 2011

Although Ubuntu has come on leaps and bounds, I'd rather have Debian/GNU Linux or Fedora on my PC's.

Messed with 10.10 but quickly went back to Debian Lenny.

By Coltch on 10 May 2011

I typically have Mint or Ubuntu on my computer for the occasional software which needs it and an old memory stick for emergencies or Gparted.

Software compatibility and hassle with compiling from source (I either enter dependency hell or compile errors) have stopped linux from being anything I rely on for day to day use.

By tech3475 on 10 May 2011

Having been burned by Linux some years ago I'd be very wary of joining the party. The much vaunted 'user support' turned out to be useless. On forum after forum, newsgroup after newsgroup, simple questions would be answered but anything a little bit difficult was ignored.

By qpw3141 on 10 May 2011

LOL

So much for not wanting to be mainstream!!!

By Steve_Adey on 10 May 2011

Dream on

If they even achieve a tenth of that, I'll be surprised. Linux is dead on the desktop, Ubuntu has no chance in mobile devices

By khismet on 10 May 2011

Well seems this article has attracted a sh*t-load of either linux or Ubuntu bashers or both.
Some of you haven't even tried it yet.
Please give it a chance first before you write it off. I always relied on MS products until I realised there is a different way to all the security holes, antivirus and firewall programs that just clogged-up your system.
I used to have just my laptop on linux, now I have my PC as well and the only time I miss MS is when some crappy ignorant software developer has bought-in the MS scam and only developed programs that work on Win.

By McDragonSI on 10 May 2011

Unlikely

Hell I love Ubuntu and linux in general and I'd love to see more people give it a go and realise that there is an excellent alternative to MS and Mac. However, the way they market their product is a total joke. I doubt the validity of the claimed 12 million current users and there is no way in hell they'll hit 200 million in the next 3 years. Such a shame.

By red4our on 10 May 2011

Unlikely

Hell I love Ubuntu and linux in general and I'd love to see more people give it a go and realise that there is an excellent alternative to MS and Mac. However, the way they market their product is a total joke. I doubt the validity of the claimed 12 million current users and there is no way in hell they'll hit 200 million in the next 3 years. Such a shame.

By red4our on 10 May 2011

Unlikely

Hell I love Ubuntu and linux in general and I'd love to see more people give it a go and realise that there is an excellent alternative to MS and Mac. However, the way they market their product is a total joke. I doubt the validity of the claimed 12 million current users and there is no way in hell they'll hit 200 million in the next 3 years. Such a shame.

By red4our on 10 May 2011

Unlikely

Hell I love Ubuntu and linux in general and I'd love to see more people give it a go and realise that there is an excellent alternative to MS and Mac. However, the way they market their product is a total joke. I doubt the validity of the claimed 12 million current users and there is no way in hell they'll hit 200 million in the next 3 years. Such a shame.

By red4our on 10 May 2011

Unlikely

Hell I love Ubuntu and linux in general and I'd love to see more people give it a go and realise that there is an excellent alternative to MS and Mac. However, the way they market their product is a total joke. I doubt the validity of the claimed 12 million current users and there is no way in hell they'll hit 200 million in the next 3 years. Such a shame.

By red4our on 10 May 2011

I wish...

cos then maybe some more companies would get involved and port some of the more mainstream apps.

I use it on my servers and desktop. I rarely play games, and for everything else it's fast, solid, reliable & dependable. Only 1 Windoze box left in the house, and that goes soon. Our office will be converted shortly.

Yes, there are lots of problems, but is that any different to the Microsoft offerings ?

I don't like to think of the time I have spent looking for solutions to Windows errors on websites & forums. That has to be as close as I can get to hell before dying !

And frequently the companies that charged you for the product don't give a damn.

At least with Open Source I know how much support I'm getting :-)

By reetspetit on 11 May 2011

Multi posting

@red4our is there any need to post the same thing 5 times?

By curiousclive on 11 May 2011

Nasty Narwal

I have used and found Ubuntu getting better all the time - until the recent 11.04 version. I upgraded on one PC, which ended up crashing. So, I did a new install on a spare HD on another PC with similar results.

So, its back to the Magnificent Meercat version, and I will eagerly wait to see the next varient.

KJR

By snuggle on 12 May 2011

Never Going To Happen

Linux on the desktop is never going to be a success for the mainstream. It's an interesting plaything for geeks and will remain so.
Ubuntu had the chance to make real inroads but has lost that initiative by the sickening way Shuttleworth and crew have chosen to try to copy the Apple interface.
Idiots! A real opportunity flushed away down the toilet of sycophancy.

By LarryDart on 12 May 2011

marc

I run ubuntu on 2 laptops and a home theatre pc at home now without any problem. I went to ubuntu because I hated vista and did want to pay to upgrade and didnt want to have any pirate OS. My fie and kids use one of the laptops, none of them needed any training. we only use the laptops for internet browsing and some photo editing, listening to music, watchnig movies. all the software is free and never any trouble. I have no anti virus installed. the pcs run well and never crash. none of us use the computer for gaming besides the kids playing flash games online. I went from having dual boot on one laptop to having linux on all three devices and now I have no windows devices at home. thats not out of any ideological stance, it just suits me better.

+ i would actually prefer if it stayed someowhat on the periphery. as soon as it becomes mega mainstream the viruses will start to appear

By jackrussell007 on 13 May 2011

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