I think Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Ubuntu & Canonical) keeps a lot of Ubuntu Desktop info under wraps so as not to embarrass the other 600+- Linux Distros … still, enough info leaks from other sites, e.g. 3-times the developers choose Ubuntu over the other Distros … Steam gaming platform show’s that Ubuntu is at least 3-times ahead of its nearest Linux gaming competitor. Now, we have some new info out that apparently even surprised Mark Shuttleworth.

Mark Shuttleworth sees increased demand for enterprise Ubuntu Linux desktop:
“… snip … We have seen companies signing up for Linux desktop support, because they want to have fleets of Ubuntu desktop for their artificial intelligence engineers.”

This development caught Shuttleworth by surprise. “We’re starting actually now to commercially support the desktop in a way that we’ve never been asked to before,” he said. Of course, Ubuntu has long been used by developers, but Shuttleworth explained, “Previously, those were kind of off the books, under the table. You know, ‘Don’t ask don’t tell deployments.’ “But now suddenly, it’s the AI team and they’ve got to be supported.”

Perhaps not earth shattering news, but enough to catch Mark by surprise – and that certainly tweaks my interest. There are some definite signs that Ubuntu Desktop may be about to break out, and this news may be a prelude to that ‘Break Out’. Breaking away from the main competitor/s (Red Hat is about to become a puppet of IBM, I suspect), and breaking away from the 600+- Distro pack, IMHO. Seems they have downsized, and have been preparing for the future – and now we are also in good business times, thanks to President Trump!

Linux info at times seems like a ‘Wartime TOP Secret’ – I have no clue why, e.g. why isn’t there more info on individual Linux Distro downloads? Maybe with Linux apparently forever stuck in the 1.5-2.25% of total desktop/laptop users there isn’t much interest by news and/or research sources to investigate the some 600+- Linux Distro stats. I also believe that Ubuntu has been dragging a lot of deadweight Linux Distros along for far too long – personally, if it’s not Ubuntu, Mint or perhaps other Ubuntu-based Distros then it’s probably deadweight.

So much has been going on with Ubuntu – especially with servers, the cloud and IoT (Internet of Things) that many/most assumed that the Ubuntu Desktop would probably fall to the side; however, research and investments in those other areas may have opened another door-of-opportunity for the Ubuntu Desktop.

Mark Shuttleworth reveals Ubuntu 18.04 will get a 10-year support lifespan:
At OpenStack Summit in Berlin, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth said in a keynote that Ubuntu 18.04 Long Term Support (LTS) support lifespan would be extended from five years to 10 years.

“I’m delighted to announce that Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for a full 10 years,” said Shuttleworth, “In part because of the very long time horizons in some of industries like financial services and telecommunications but also from IoT where manufacturing lines for example are being deployed that will be in production for at least a decade.”

Doubling LTS from 5 to 10 years seems like a major move – in Ubuntu Desktop’s favor, since it is also going to be introduced into more homes, which will offer more recognition growth.

‘Tina’ Mint 19.2 best be good … I’ve already added the Cinnamon Desktop to both my Ubuntu 18.04 & Disco Dingo 19.04 versions (one on ‘Rose’ other on ‘Intel’) and they look & work great!