Business Development: SpikeSource certifies Ubuntu readiness

Yesterday SpikeSource and Canonical announced that SpikeSource will certify its business-ready open-source applications for Ubuntu and deliver support for Ubuntu through its channel of solution providers.

Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource, commented:

The popularity of Ubuntu combined with Canonical’s commitment to Open Source development, makes it a perfect partner for SpikeSource, Ubuntu users can now benefit from the same open source innovation from their business applications as they do from their operating system.

Canonical recently announced another important technological partnership with Linspire, to integrate with each other’s Linux distributions. An advisor from market researcher Illuminata, said:

[..] as Linux and Linux distributions mature, proliferation of distros becomes much less interesting. This seems a case of essentially combining a couple of distributions to try and achieve a critical mass of interesting, differentiating features — something that’s increasingly difficult to do. I don’t see this becoming another important enterprise distro, but it will help both of these to remain a viable ‘Tier 2’ distribution.

Canonical is definitely becoming a serious challenger.