Remixing Ubuntu for the Enterprise Desktop

Friday, February 10th, 2012

We’re publishing an initial version of the Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix today, based on Ubuntu 11.10.

Deployment teams have long been modifying their Ubuntu installs to remove features like music players or games and add components that are a standard part of their business workflow.

This remix takes the most common changes we’ve observed among institutional users and bundles them into one CD which can be installed directly or used as a basis for further customization. Before anyone gets all worked up and conspiratorial: everything in the remix is available from the standard Software Centre.  Packages out, packages in. No secret sauce for customers only; we’re not creating a RHEL, we already have an enterprise-quality release cadence called LTS and we like it just the way it is. This is a convenience for anyone who wants it. Having a common starting point, or booting straight into a business-oriented image makes it easier for institutional users to evaluate Ubuntu Desktop for their specific needs.

This work was first discussed at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in October. We consulted with the Ubuntu Technical Board and Ubuntu Release Team, to ensure that the finished product met the standards of the Ubuntu project.  Doing so resulted in a commitment to enable community participation in the packaging of some of the pieces that are important to enterprise users.

Ubuntu makes a point of openness to heterogeneous environments. We celebrate the point that the Ubuntu desktop can be highly useful, beautiful, functional and complete without any proprietary applications at all, while recognising that some people need to work with proprietary software on occasion, making sure that software is available and certified for Ubuntu, and making it easy to install. Remixes can include non-free software and still retain the Ubuntu name, as long as they can be brought back to the standard Ubuntu experience with straightforward package management tools and no risk of divergence on the hardware and security front.

Since we established the system of remixes, the Technical Board has defined guidelines for additional package archives which are exposed to Ubuntu users through the Software Centre. We’ve clarified with the Technical Board that remixes can draw from any such archives.

<blink>Registration required</blink> ;-) Some applications like VMWare View are included in this release under a proprietary license so download is covered by an EULA, and this image can’t be mirrored unless you make prior arrangements with the relevant ISVs. Boring, but better to do it once than for every individual app. We will ask users who download it to provide feedback on how we might improve the product, and provide them with details of Canonical’s deployment services and management solutions.

Get it here.

52 comments:

  1. the One says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The download page misses the explanation on EULA you provided here. Add a small snipped that the registration EULA is applies to the VMWare Player software.

    And I thought that copyright or something does not allow downloading Flash pre-loaded ISOs? I never downloaded or used Linux Mint, but I remember some sort of notice regarding Flash added there. If applicable to this remix, a similar note should be added too.

  2. Ubuntu remix the Desktop for Business | Linux User says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 11:13 am

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  3. Gy says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    This is great, thanks Mark!

  4. Adnan Hodzic says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I believe I expressed my opinion on the need of one such release, I believe this the right move, and a move which makes Ubuntu all grown up and ready for some serious business.

  5. Fabian Rodriguez says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    If this can all be accomplished through standard package management, why is the personal information needed ? That should be mentioned too. The link on that form goes to “legal”, perhaps it should linke here although it’s a generic privacy policy: http://www.ubuntu.com/aboutus/privacypolicy

  6. Lorenzo V. says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    It would be nice if you could stop bashing RedHat and their products every now and then. I’m sure you’re better than that.

    – Signed by, an Ubuntu user.

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    February 10th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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  8. Ubuntu Business Remix από την Canonical says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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  9. Ubuntu gets business ready: Ubuntu Business Remix dances to the enterprise tune | 2buntu says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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  10. Ubuntu Business Remix in arrivo | Binary Emotions says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

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  11. Martin Owens says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    This is a great move and it’s good to see Canonical codifying a real solid target for Ubuntu deployment instead of the generic amorphous Ubuntu for everyone.

    Since I added VMWare client drivers to jockey and VMWare isn’t in our universe… why is it going on the CD again? I figured it’d just be a case of building up our own foss VM infrastructure and allowing customers to _very_ easily add the needed bits and pieces.

    I’m cautious whenever I hear the words ‘if we just add this bit to the CD then no one will be able to mirror it without a legal department’.

  12. dacresni says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    how about porting satellite or spacewalk over to Debian/Ubuntu for ease of ldap user administration and configuration management so people (former windows admins for example) aren’t trying to use puppet for administering a small lab of desktops. That’s like using a blow torch to light a cigar.

  13. Teg says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    The name doesn’t sound that professional. How about Ubuntu Business Edition OR Ubuntu Enterprise Edition?

  14. J S says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This is a great idea.

    downloading now for evaluation …

    Hoping for a very buttoned-down corporate theming effort with some useful programs out of the box.
    Will it be a liveCD (to sell to end users) or just an installation disk (I’m thinking it may be the later based on the site text but hoping for the former in the download)?
    I see discussion about VMWare .. but what about VirtualBox?

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    February 10th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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  16. Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix: Ubuntu enfocado a empresas. | Ubuntizando.com says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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  18. Kell Jones says: (permalink)
    February 10th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Is the business version in place of the KDE Kubuntu version? Will there be a KDE Business version going forward?

  19. mark says: (permalink)
    February 11th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    @Teg

    We use the term Edition to refer to the standard Ubuntu images, which can have proprietary hardware drivers on the disk but not proprietary apps. We wanted to preserve that position, so this is a remix, which can pull software in from any of the standard archives.

  20. mark says: (permalink)
    February 11th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    @Lorenzo

    There’s nothing disparaging about RHEL in my post. In talking to members of the community about the remix, this was one of the top questions: “Are you splitting Ubuntu into a Fedora/RHEL free-unsupported / paid-supported model?” so I think it’s quite appropriate to draw that distinction up front and firmly here.

  21. Werner says: (permalink)
    February 11th, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Would be great if this mix were available for the 12.04 alpha/beta (64bit) releases. I deleted the games on my installation and now the UpdateManager refuses to do anything because it thinks I have no desktop installed….

  22. Ubuntu Business Remix από την Canonical | PcGear News says: (permalink)
    February 11th, 2012 at 4:19 am

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  23. Kubuntu funding cut just one step in Canonical’s grand plan | IT Jobs Sydney says: (permalink)
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    February 11th, 2012 at 11:04 am

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  26. Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix: una spin per le imprese targata Canonical | Pietro Vizzari - Global Technology says: (permalink)
    February 11th, 2012 at 11:31 am

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  27. Gary says: (permalink)
    February 11th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I recently deployed Ubuntu 10.04 throughout my business for a trial run. A significant problem that’s manifested since the change in OS (was running Windows before) is the inconsistency of date and time formats. For example, I run 24-hour operations and I mandate 24-hour time be used to avoid ambiguity in reported times. Ubuntu will display 24-hour in some places but AM/PM in others. Same goes with date format. It’s creating problems.

    I found a recent bug on the issue: https://bugs.launchpad.net/indicator-datetime/+bug/913810

    Any chance these kind of bugs will be fixed by 12.04 release? It might appear a minor issue at first glance but it’s not minor when you run 24-hour operations.

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  35. Bart says: (permalink)
    February 12th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    yeah i get it. so its like a plant with dirt, sun and water included and it’s all free. good job.

  36. Ubuntu gets enterprise desktop remix » HD Network Technology Blog says: (permalink)
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  39. Michael says: (permalink)
    February 13th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Given that Flash is (IMHO rightfully ) seen by many as a security issue due to numerous exploits ( mainly due to the underlyng complexity of keeping 10 versions of flash working with several home made multimedia decoder and 2 action script interpreters ), wouldn’t it count as a divergence on the security front ?

    It is also rather bad to not be able to distribute it to friends due to the license of the remix, and I would have hoped a less inquisitive form for a simple test. If this is caused by the agreement with VMWare, I would suggest to choose better partner next time, as this really hurt IMHO the whole operation.

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  48. Rui says: (permalink)
    February 14th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Great news.
    I have been using Ubuntu on the enterprise for the last 9 months.
    Be sure to include cntlm to enable internet access through Microsoft ISA server. Proxy configuration on Ubuntu does not work well with ISA.

  49. Sum Yung Gai says: (permalink)
    February 14th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I have a concern about the requirement for personal information, too. However, VMware themselves also ask for it in order to get activation codes for their gratis products. For those who do require specifically VMware Player, like certain corporations, that’s fine, because such corporations likely want a support contract for the OS platform anyway. Such organizations will likely have a paid-for copy of VMware Workstation to actually make their own images and distribute them, instead of taking a chance on someone else’s VMware image having God-knows-what-malware possibly implanted into it. So, this move by Canonical probably makes sense for that corporate market.

    For myself, the KVM virtualizer does the job very nicely, and that’s what I use.

  50. Canonical lancia Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix, la versione ideale per le aziende - Kimblo Scienze says: (permalink)
    February 14th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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  52. Trond says: (permalink)
    February 15th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I think this is great. The first thoughts that comes to mind is:
    Can it run 100% fluently in a Windows environment – Exchange servers, Active Directory , Roaming profiles and so on.
    (I can hear someone screaming Samba in the background, but it must be easily configurable / installable).

    I don’t think businesses mind paying for a Business Remix, as long as they know that the software they are getting can run other business applications and/or using their Excel sheets like they do now.

    I do fear – how ever – that Unity / Gnome 3 might be a bit drastic / new for business users.

    Keep up the good work with Ubuntu!