OEM services Why Ubuntu?
Drivers for Linux pre-installation
Certifying hardware with Linux and pre-installing Linux on PCs is driven by a growing number of market opportunities – opportunities that require Linux-enabled devices. Partner OEMs include:
Key drivers for Linux enablement at our OEM partners include:
Virtual desktop infrastructure
An emerging technology focused on the enterprise market, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platforms use the power of virtualisation to take over individual desktop and laptop management. Common VDI platforms use Linux as their base and require Linux enablement as a pre-cursor to certification with the VDI platform.
Instant-on environments require Linux enablement.
Ubuntu provides compelling benefits in emerging markets, including low hardware enablement costs, good translation coverage and a full desktop experience, as well as enabling OEMs to achieve lower price points on systems.
In markets like China, where local legislation requires that systems are shipped with an operating system with a graphical user interface, Ubuntu offers a fully-compliant operating system with support for the GB18030 font standard for our OEM customers.
Emerging device categories
Persistent connectivity, new architectures and new channels will continue to accelerate innovation while the convergence of phones and computers will see the creation of new categories. The wide range of hardware support, the flexibility of licensing and the required speed of innovation will dictate that Linux remains at the heart of many devices.
Competitive pressure on Microsoft
A key driver for working with Ubuntu and Linux is the second-sourcing pressure that it generates on Microsoft. Flexibility on licensing terms and better pricing are all tangible benefits that can form an integral part of an OEM’s operating system strategy.
Ubuntu’s disruptive economic model, popularity with open source-friendly governments, focus on the consumer space and predictable six-monthly release cycles make it the true alternative to Windows and one that the industry is increasingly moving behind.
Linux remains an ideal Internet companion operating system. Virtually virus-free, it also offers excellent compatibility with plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Adobe PDF reader and Real Player. High-quality engineering, appropriate codec inclusion and high levels of customer satisfaction characterise the Ubuntu netbook experience.