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Ubuntu Isn't Just About Linux Anymore

The name Ubuntu is closely tied to Linux, but that doesn't mean Ubuntu is only interested in Linux servers and desktops. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind Ubuntu, is showing off where it's headed in the consumer space.

Canonical is demoing their Ubuntu TV concept, which puts the Linux vendor's distribution onto TV sets. They're also showing In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems powered by Ubuntu. Helping to connect those items together with desktop users, the company is also stressing the importance of their multi-platform UbuntuOne service. UbuntuOne enables users to share and synchronize content across desktop and mobile devices.

"The strategy is to move Ubuntu beyond the PC space where we traditionally have been working," Peter Goodall, Product Manager for Product Strategy at Canonical told InternetNews.com. "So we're adapting Ubuntu to multiple devices."

UbuntuOne can also be running on an Ubuntu Linux desktop, a Windows desktop or even an Apple iPhone.

"Notwithstanding the name UbuntuOne, we actually are not based on Ubuntu," Christian Parrino, Vice President, Online Services at Canonical told InternetNews.com. "Ubuntu is just one of several platforms that we support."

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Canonical Maps out Ubuntu Strategy at CES

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist