Canonical is the company that provides commercial support for Ubuntu and related services, such as Ubuntu One and Landscape.

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Can I legally build and sell desktops with Ubuntu pre-installed?

I'm starting a business and this is part of what I'm going to be offering. I'm almost complete with my certification in Linux Administration, but I don't know all of the ins and outs of the law Linux ...
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How does Ubuntu make money?

We get various distros like kubuntu/ubuntu/lubuntu/edu/etc... for free. We get critical updates constantly. We can download any programs we want from Ubuntu repos. Gee, I can't even imagine what kind ...
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What has been your experience with paid support from Canonical? [closed]

I am considering buying "Ubuntu Desktop Support" from Canonical for 2 reasons: I have a couple of issues that I would like professional help with. (Specifically a recurring kernel panic, and a slow ...
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How can I help Canonical be profitable?

I can buy cloud space from ubuntu one instead of dropbox, etc .... right? Does buying system76 computers help canonical in anyway? What else can we do? Please add to this list.
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What is the current state of the Ubuntu Professional certification?

I've heard the Ubuntu Professional certification is no longer offered, although the course can be purchased here: http://shop.canonical.com/product_info.php?products_id=533 Is this true? After ...
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Who pays for Ubuntu?

Ubuntu seems expensive to develop and maintain. Bandwidth, development, marketing, and maintenance all cost money, and since Ubuntu is free to download and use, I don't see who pays for it all. I ask ...
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What is the process for getting paid apps into the Ubuntu Software Center?

What is the process for getting paid apps into the Ubuntu Software Center?
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Will Skype be removed from the Canonical Partner repository? [closed]

I just learned that Microsoft has taken over Skype. Will this affect the availability of Skype in the Canonical Partner repository?
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When did Ubuntu become a “by Canonical” product? [closed]

I keep reading in the news about this "Ubuntu by Canonical" thing, and it seems to me that this isn't entirely accurate. I have, for instance, spent about fifteen thousand hours working for Ubuntu, ...
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What's the difference between Ubuntu for free and the Official CD for $5?

What's the difference between Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for free and the Official CD of Ubuntu for $5? I didn't know the difference.
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Why doesn't Ubuntu move to DVDs?

Taking into account hardware requirements, chances are that you will have a DVD reader. I think its a bit silly to keep limiting ubuntu size to 700MB. If they switched to DVD size (4,7 GB) we could ...
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How do I make sure that Canonical get affiliate benefits when I buy from amazon?

Ubuntu 12.10 has a new feature to search and buy from Amazon, either from the Dash, or from a unity WebApp. This is quite controversial, but for my part, I quite ok with it. So when I buy something ...
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How is Ubuntu/Canonical organized?

Ubuntu is a big project that has a lot of community involvement over many different aspects. From who is in charge - to how decisions are made. How is the work on Ubuntu organized and who organizes ...
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Why doesn't Canonical have a store in India?

I'm desperate to buy some of those great things up for sale on the Canonical Store. Is there anything that is being done to bring the store to India or have some kind of a retailer to sell the ...
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Why doesn't Canonical use pings from the Update Manager to gauge the size of the Ubuntu installbase?

I've heard from many people, Jono Bacon included, that it's impossible to say how many computers are running Ubuntu since there is nothing in the OS that phones home, and the Ubuntu Census package is ...
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Ubuntu finances and future of project [closed]

What are the chances that the Ubuntu Project will die if its primary source of funds are removed? In other words, how healthy are the finances of the Ubuntu sponsors Canonical? Is Ubuntu losing money? ...
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What is the 'canonical-census' package?

Why is (was) there so much fuss about it? Why is it under the 'Canonical Partners' section in the Software Center? Should I install it?
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Does Canonical pay application developers?

When an application becomes default in Ubuntu, does Canonical pay the developer(s) for making it default or do they just use the application for free?
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What does it mean when Canonical says that Ubuntu is and always will be Absolutely Free?

In the video linked from this blog entry and other Canonical marketing material, it says things like Ubuntu is and always will be Absolutely Free. What does that mean? Especially considering that ...
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In which countries would Ubuntu TV be made available?

Will Ubuntu TV be made available outside of UK/USA when it is released for public use? For example in Germany?
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Where can I order or request an Ubuntu Installation CD or DVD?

I need to upgrade my existing Ubuntu system, and I also want to install Ubuntu on a new laptop. I would like to have an installation CD or DVD to do both of these. Where exactly I can order or ...
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Can a person contribute directly to the Ubuntu project?

I know that Ubuntu receives funding via support, merchandize, hardware company agreements, etc, but many projects out there offer the option to donate directly allowing and supporting further ...
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What does the Ubuntu Foundation do?

I heard that it was some sort of emergency fund or something.
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What kind of support does Canonical provide on a business level?

I was wondering about support for Ubuntu in general. If a small and or large business is running Ubuntu, what type of issues does Canonical help out with? examples: if a business is running a ...
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How do I report a site that is misusing the Ubuntu logo and trademark?

Ok while browsing for an answer to a problem mentioned here at askubuntu I found this site "Ubuntu Addict" which looks like a google advert driver. Is there a place I can report something like that if ...
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Is Ubuntu doing GUI research?

Is there any serious graphical user interface research for Ubuntu? I mean, are there any improvements planned by Ubuntu in order to improve it's default user interface? Just for example I don't ...
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If I've signed the Canonical Contributors agreement, do I have to sign the new Harmony Agreement?

The contributors agreement has changed to a broad license harmony agreement. Do I need to resign the new agreement or is it automatic. Does anything prevent me from signing the new agreement and using ...
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Is music store successful?

I am wondering how much money canonical gets from this store and some statistics (how much songs have been bought, ...)
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Why is Ubuntu not publicized in big conferences?

I am simply wondering why the Ubuntu OS is not presented in big conferences at launches? I see other OS-es gaining a lot of market share by doing so. I think that Ubuntu even if it is free of charge ...
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When I am using Ubuntu for commercial reasons, do I have to pay Canonical?

I made application which use Ubuntu, when i shift it, i will install Ubuntu myself and install application myself as one unit, i can have more unit for selling it all depends based on my marketing and ...
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What is the relationship between Ubuntu Single Sign On and Launchpad Login Service?

Canonical operates at least two OpenID based login services within the Ubuntu online world: Ubuntu Single Sign On and the Launchpad Login Service. According to the information in the footer of both ...
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Is Zentyal an official Ubuntu derivative?

I notice here that Canonical has partnered with Zentyal - does that make them an official derivative?
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How can I invest in ubuntu?

Is this even possible for a private person with no major funds?
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Are Palestinians out of the Ubuntu App Showdown Contest?

Canonical does not support shipment to Palestine. Are we (Palestinians) out of the Ubuntu App Showdown Contest because of that? Edit I contact canonical shipment team, and they told me they don't ...
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Can I donate less than $1 to Ubuntu?

I'd like to donate an amount less than $1. Is that possible?
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Will I be able to contribute to Ubuntu in the future through other services in addition to PayPal?

Now on Desktop Contribute Page, I can donate only using PayPal. Will I be able to donate in the future, using, for example, VISA credit card?
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Why is the traditional countdown absent in the Ubuntu homepage now?

We used to get more excited just seeing how close the next release date is and how game we are to download our latest favorite OS. Is the traditional homepage countdown in ubuntu.com gone for good?
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How do I report a bug against Ubuntu.com (the Ubuntu website)

Since the website and wiki have been redesigned, the text is not always readable. The footer text overwrites other text, the links are not uniform colors, and the colors use blend and blur the text. ...
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How does Canonical report and transfer Software Center sales money to app developers?

I would like to clarify some details of the derivation earned from the sale of application money. If I understood correctly, at the end of each quarter you will send us email to report the amount of ...
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Is there a public list anywhere of people who have signed the Canonical Contributor Agreement?

I know there are lists of Ubuntu Members and rankings of people contributing to the 5-a-day project, but I was wondering if there is a record of signatories of the Canonical Contributor Agreement.
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How green are Ubuntu and Canonical?

im a student of Environmental Engineering, currently searching for a Bachelor Thesis Theme. I am curious, if there any internal information about Ubuntu related to CO2/Energy saving compared to other ...
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Why doesn't Canonical and Ubuntu run more ads?

Ubuntu, being a hunk of an OS, is not giving out Ads! I mean, See Microsoft for instance, Whichever Blogs or Websites you Visit you get a Nice girl holding a boquet of flowers and saying Windows 7, ...
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Does anybody know what happens to money spent in the Ubuntu One Music Store?

I remember reading on the Canonical website around the launch of the Ubuntu One Music store that after revenue was divided between Canonical, 7 digital and the artists involved that all profit or a ...
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Why isn't Fluendo software showing up in 12.04 for purchase?

I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04 (32 Bit) and I have noticed that none of the previous software available for purchase from Fluendo is available. Does anyone know why? While trying to find a ...
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Where can I order pressed Ubuntu 12.04 64bit Desktop CDs with professional graphics?

Canonical have confirmed today they will be shipping 32-bit Desktop CDs of 12.04 from their store, with the product page just updated to reflect this. I prefer 64-bit, I thought it was now the ...
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Canonical support for linux-headers package

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04. A search for "linux-headers" in Synaptic Package Manager, and selecting the package "linux-headers-2.6.32-26-generic" displays the following notes for this package: ...
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How much do Canonical track Ubuntu One-users behaviour?

I realised today when signing in, that everytime i use my computer I send some data back and forth to the Ubuntu One service, for obvious reasons, and that would actually mean Canonical could save us ...
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How many paid Ubuntu developers are there?

How many paid developers work on developing Ubuntu? How many of them are on Ask Ubuntu? When I say "work" I mean they get a monetary reward (salary) for working/participating in the development of ...
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Canonical Apprenticeships?

I am currently a student doing my 4th year at college passing 3 separate courses, My issue is that when I finish my course I will need to get a job or some sort of way to get income, I was thinking on ...
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Where are the Ubuntu and Ubuntu One servers located?

I would like to know where the Ubuntu Main repository and Ubuntu One servers are located.