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Watching the Future of Canonical

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Is it just me, or is there a whiff of desperation these days around Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial arm?

By that I mean that Canonical increasingly seems to focused on reaching profitability, and nothing else. The de-emphasis on community, the constant introduction of new services, and the increasing market speak are all in marked contrast to the Canonical of five or even three years ago.

Since Ubuntu is a privately-held company, its financial position is a matter of speculation. In 2009, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth stated that the company was "creeping toward $30 million," the point of profitability, but that was before many of its current services were introduced. Consequently, you won't find many -- if any -- analysts who believe that Canonical is profitable today.

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