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在6月4日的時候,Canonical邀請十多家媒體來聊聊關於Ubuntu。老實說,像這樣的場合,筆者通常都不會很想去,一來大約知道現場會談到什麼,畢竟Ubuntu我們還算是滿關心的;二來談的都會高來高去,講的是全球,再不然是亞洲,很難談到只有台灣的部分。

總之,不外是下定決心要好好經營。固的,這個決心很好,但如果可以告訴我們之後關於ARM有什麼具體的做法,合作對象是誰等等訊息,我會更感激Canonical人員的。不過呢,廠商到最後還是沒有說出來。

老實說,我還比較希望技術人員,來我們癮科技這邊坐坐,談談在工作上的甘苦談,或是廠商其他人員,談談在台灣要發展Ubuntu等等類似在公開的會議上不會談到的東西。

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<Computex 2009: Some News about Ubuntu>
On the 4th of June, Canonical invited more than a dozen of press media for something about Ubuntu. Quite frankly, it's the kind of occasion that we would be eager to attend. For starter, we pretty much knew what will be said, since we care about Ubuntu and constantly monitor for its latest development. On top of that, we knew that in most cases, what will be said usually set from global or Asia perspectives; rarely will there be anything Taiwan specific content that might interest us.

In short, nothing other than expressing the determination of trying to run and manage, which is good. However, if someone can tell us something about any tangible plans about dealing with ARM, who might be the future business partners and etc., then we will feel grateful to the helpful staffs at Canonical. However, in the end, still nothing.

Quite frankly we would rather hope for the chance to invite the technical staffs to our HQ to talk about their stories at work, or someone from the vendor to talk about the issues with promoting Ubuntu in Taiwan, something they wouldn't be talking about in the press conference.雖說如此,我還是簡單條列一下歸納後的心得,給讀者參考:

‧現場展示N多台裝有Ubuntu的輕省筆電。

‧提到有和碩、緯創、廣達的ODM

‧有同學牌的筆電。

‧最捧場的,應該是Dell,因為有四款筆電搭載Ubuntu

‧自然也有ARM囉,可以參考這篇文章

‧也有展示一台nettop,不過是巴西廠商的

‧有將Android系統Port到其中一台筆電上。

‧也有整合Moblin V2的小筆電

‧台灣編制人員會擴增。

‧其實他們談到Win 7是不錯的作業系統,也有提到與其他Linux系競合的關係。

最後,我還是問了不是很適當的問題。我所問的,是關於在台灣銷售的問題。雖然說,在現場我們可以看到有許多廠商 搭載了Ubuntu。但事實上,會有幾台能夠進到台灣呢?在台灣,都是玩家自己搞個Ubuntu來玩玩,就市場現實上,幾乎沒機會看到搭戴Ubuntu的筆電。

當然,答案也不令人太意外,廠商提到了這部分其實並不是他們所能夠掌握的,除了他們之外,這還需要中間的硬體商,以及消費者等三方共同的溝通。尤其是消費者端,由消費者端往上,才比較有可能讓硬體廠商接受,來搭載Ubuntu。也許在未來,有機會在台灣看得到廠商搭載Ubuntu的筆電來進行販售。

不過廠商也接著提到,他們會經營教育市場。固的,在這邊祝他們好運了,加油。

Anyway, for your reference, here is a summary of what was in this press conference:
* Countless netbook with Ubuntu installed on display.
* ODM products from Pegatron, Wistron and Wistron
* The Classmate notebook
* With Dell being the most supportive, four on display
* ARM based too. For more detail, check out this article (note: in traditional Chinese text).
* A nettop from Brazilian manufacturer
* One of the notebook have Android ported to it.
* A sub-note with Moblin V2 integrated to it.
* A plan to expand the organization in Taiwan with more staffs.
* Mentioned for fact that Windows 7 is a nice operating system, and competitive-cooperation with other Linux camps.

Towards the end of the session, we did ask a not so appropriate question. The question we raise is related to the sales in Taiwan. Although in the conference, we could see a lot of hardware vendor display their products with Ubuntu installed. However, how many of it will be brought into Taiwan market? In Taiwan, it is the case of fans installs Ubuntu by themselves, in market reality, almost no chance of seeing one with Ubuntu preinstalled.

Of course, the answer is not all that surprising. In their words, it isn't something they can control. It would require the three-way communication between them, the hardware vendor in the middle and the consumers. In particular, the consumers end. It's only when consumers started to push hardware vendor that we might see hardware vendor selling notebooks with Ubuntu preinstalled.

After the reply, the vendor was quick to add for fact they will be educating the market. Good, we hereby wish them luck, keep up the good work.


如果要說現場中我最喜歡哪一台,就是這款Toshiba的NB200囉。
Toshiba NB200



這個電腦是巴西語的XD。
This one is in Brazilian Portuguese.


在巴西語小桌機旁邊,有個Quanmax品牌的nettop。
Next to the Brazilian nettop, a nettop by Quanmax



當然,也有Quanmax的筆電囉。
Quanmax notebook



Dell 最捧場了,共有四台,真是好捧友。
Dell, being the best supporter, with 4 on display


還有一台MID。
A MID too


同學牌筆電也有裝喔。
Intel Classmate with Ubuntu installed


上面有跑Android,不過只是初步而已。
This one runs Android, however, it's only an initial porting.


感謝三位廠商人員(坐的)。最左邊的Jon Melamut,是OEM服務事業部總經理,為主講人;中間的是William Mason,當我問問題時,他有幫忙補充說明;而最右邊笑得很開心的那位是Kenneth Edwards,在中間那位補充說明完之後,再接著補充說明。

至於那位站的朋友,雖然我不知你是誰,但謝謝幫忙展示Android在筆電上面跑的情形。

Front row, from the left, Jon Melamut, GM of the OEM Service Division, key speaker; center Willian Mason, to the right, Kenneth Edwards. On the back row standing, Kevin, from marketing in Taiwan.