Posted in strategy, apple, ubuntu
Thu, 06 Jul 2006 05:29:00 GMT
It's interesting to watch the evolution of Canonical Ubuntu. It started off by gaining popularity in the desktop space and now it's finally moving into the server space. Linux on the desktop has been a thorn in Linux's side for a while and Ubuntu seems to be the answer. Just recently a couple of people have moved from OS-X to Ubuntu causing quite a stir on Slashdot and Tim O'Reilly's blog. By winning the desktop, they win users that they can leverage to win the server space. If this strategy sounds familiar, it's the same one that Microsoft used to defeat Novell NetWare. Now that Ubuntu has entered Red Hat and SUSE's turf, it will be interesting to see if they respond with more user friendly desktop editions (I'd be happy for a Linux-version of Textmate). If so, the users will win.
Posted in strategy, venturecapital
Wed, 14 Jun 2006 06:32:00 GMT
YouTube may be the most popular video sharing website but according to a recent article on The Register they've burned through nearly $11.5 million in venture funding without any revenue channels. I've often wondered about this. What is YouTube's business model? It looks suspiciously like chasing eyeballs at the moment but I'm hoping one will emerge soon.
The article's main issue, that people give YouTube a "worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable" license to use their work is also of interest. I wonder when we'll see them start to use those rights and in what ways. Will there be a backlash? For now it seems people either don't know about it or are trusting YouTube to do no evil.