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Today, December 20th, Ubuntu is running 4,840 instances on EC2, followed by CentOS, with 1,250, Fedora with 313; Oracle with 80; and Red Hat with a mere 73 instances. That’s a grand total of 1,716 for the Red Hat family, which means that Ubuntu is doing more than twice as well as all the Red Hat variants put together.

Windows and Azure? They’re back in the back with a mere 1,120 instances.

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So Ubuntu has become the #1 OS in the cloud, and it's looking like it may soon gain some SERIOUS headway against the almighty Windows (see the Windows 8 Discussion for more insight).

I have to admit this is good news INDEED! Now I see the full switch and possibly even serious gaming coming to Ubuntu, let's just hope it remains free, as in forever!
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Problem with gaming on Linux - awful sound drivers, not supporting virtual surround for headphones.

That is my only worry, my Titanium HD does not work AT ALL on my Linux.
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Problem with gaming on Linux - awful sound drivers, not supporting virtual surround for headphones.

That is my only worry, my Titanium HD does not work AT ALL on my Linux.
Blame the hardware manufacturer. It's not the Linux programmer's job to make drivers for everything.

Am I a bad person for wishing it was some other distro other than ubuntu that was so popular? Something that still resembles a distro that follows the FOSS philosophy?
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It's a travesty that Ubuntu didn't rise to power faster, I guess the inevitable is still inevitable.

Neo, you cannot think FOSS is bad, in fact FOSS will lead us to the Cloud OS & many other things that will be great & free in the future! Of course those proprietary software & game makers will get protection from the cloud, no more pirating fears, games will be a service through a browser mostly, and this is will spell the end of Windows!

I think computers are moving toward smaller & less energy consumption, the huge 700+ Watt gaming desktop is being replaced, and the Gaming Console is becoming the gaming hardware of choice. Granted the graphics on a PS3 & XBox 360 isn't that bad, I still love gaming on a desktop, seriously.

Who's to say what tomorrow will bring, though there is still a large market for desktops, most of my clients & potential clients want laptops. *sighs* Because they are so cheap now, they have become disposable computers, and because most of them come with a recovery feature, many Computer Repair Techs are being replaced by cheap laptops & Free Software.

It's sad that us Techs will soon be replaced by the cloud, I seen simple solutions like Spotmau, and I gotta tell ya, computer repair looks a WHOLE LOT MORE SIMPLE... Granted hardware isn't easy for some, but because most problems are usually software related & parts are so cheap, we can't make a lot of money anymore in this industry.
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Not exactly pleased that Ubuntu is #1, but Linux is Linux, I guess.
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Not exactly pleased that Ubuntu is #1, but Linux is Linux, I guess.
The thing is, Ubuntu is trying really hard to not be linux.

It has it's own patched kernel thats way behind the vanilla kernel, and they don't even share the source for the patches last I heard. Real FOSS-like.
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The thing is, Ubuntu is trying really hard to not be linux.

It has it's own patched kernel thats way behind the vanilla kernel, and they don't even share the source for the patches last I heard. Real FOSS-like.
Snap. I'm not entirely sure what my "beef" with Ubuntu is. It just seems like the "Playskool" version of Linux that is meant for the average Joe to use as a desktop OS.
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Problem with gaming on Linux - awful sound drivers, not supporting virtual surround for headphones.

That is my only worry, my Titanium HD does not work AT ALL on my Linux.
What does this have to do with Cloud Computing?
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Op mentioned gaming on Linux, so I thought I'd share my story of how awful Creative are.

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Blame the hardware manufacturer. It's not the Linux programmer's job to make drivers for everything.

Am I a bad person for wishing it was some other distro other than ubuntu that was so popular? Something that still resembles a distro that follows the FOSS philosophy?
I do blame the hardware manufactures, it's still a problem though.

I think someone needs to make an open source version of those 3D virtual surround programs.

How long do you think it will be till Ubuntu turns closed source based on a new kernel lol?
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So Ubuntu has become the #1 OS in the cloud, and it's looking like it may soon gain some SERIOUS headway against the almighty Windows (see the Windows 8 Discussion for more insight).

I have to admit this is good news INDEED! Now I see the full switch and possibly even serious gaming coming to Ubuntu, let's just hope it remains free, as in forever!
Where has Ubuntu made headway? When they last tried a mass market rollout on netbooks, it absolutely crashed and burned, no one wanted it. Now we have Windows 7 Starter Edition. No wallpapers for you!
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