Why is there so little from Canonical for Ubuntu Certified devices?Filed under: Uncategorized;
The list of equipment certified for Ubuntu reads like a who's who of the major computer manufacturers. Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer or Asus have there a series of laptops, servers, computers or entire certified, which actually only Dell and Lenovo to show serious commitment to certify their wide range of models.The other manufacturers have probably only a few test balloons can rise, smaller manufacturers or distributors are so good to see how not only the specialized devices on Ubuntu System76 American sales has a few devices in the race.
The requirements for a certificate are stored in the Certification Program Guide. In order to receive this prestigious certification, therefore, certain tests are passed, and each licensed unit and per licensed version of Ubuntu, $ 1,000 to be paid. And that is where the lies the rub, as I find in conversation with Felix Engemann from the German manufacturer cirrus7 had.
Felix just tried to let his cirrus certify one, the problem: Pro variant, a certificate is due. So when making a choice of 3 CPUs, optional second X drives and different options for memory and hard drives $ 12,000 to be paid for the certification of the device in all its variations. While the certificate is valid ONLY for a version of Ubuntu, with each new release of Ubuntu will be the certificate would have renewed for the same amount. This would mean in the case of cirrus7 so per year to invest $ 24,000 in a certificate that you may be stuck as a colored sticker on the homepage.
For a small business investment is of course unrealistic, here it would be good if Canonical would come straight towards smaller companies and model variants, will have no influence on the suitability of Linux for a license price would be. Ultimately, these certificates will not only finance but Canonical, but also help customers to find Linux-compatible computer. So long, however, only large companies can afford such a certificate, but this does not work at all with the certificates, also has the customer anything about it.
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