Canonical announces alliance with Open Country



on 3 October 2006

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, the world’s fastest growing Linux distribution, today announced it has entered into an alliance with Open Country, the Linux Journal award-winning, next-generation systems management software company. This will enable the two companies to deliver proven enterprise level management solutions.

Open Country becomes the first commercial software vendor to offer a systems management solution for Ubuntu users. The newest version of its flagship product, OCM 3.1, is the management suite that encourages repeatable best practices and supports the widest range of Linux distributions in the industry. OCM will support both server and desktop versions of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. OCM will be able to provision and manage Ubuntu-based servers and desktops across the enterprise.

“We’re pleased to have Open Country’s award-winning systems management solution, OCM, available for Ubuntu,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and the Ubuntu Linux project. “A great systems management solution from Open Country, along with professional support of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS from Canonical Ltd and its partner companies, are essential for successful large scale deployments of Ubuntu desktops and servers.”

“With Ubuntu 6.06 LTS and Open Country’s OCM, enterprise customers now have a complete system, including advanced management and support, when deploying large numbers of Ubuntu Linux servers and desktops,” said Michael Grove, President and CEO of Open Country.

Ubuntu users are eligible to receive a free evaluation copy of OCM by going to

About Canonical

Canonical is the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project and the leading provider of support services for Ubuntu deployments in the enterprise.

Ubuntu is a free, open-source platform for client, server and cloud computing. Since its launch in 2004, it has become a natural choice for users of all kinds, from Fortune 500 companies to hardware makers, content providers, software developers and individual technologists.

With developers, support staff and engineering centres all over the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help its partners and enterprise customers make the most of Ubuntu. Canonical is a privately held company.

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