But while much of the buzz surrounding Ubuntu lately has focused on the desktop and other consumer-focused efforts--not just HUD but also Unity, Ubuntu TV, and Ubuntu for Android, for example--the Linux distribution is also making further inroads into the server world, Shuttleworth says.
'Large-Scale Automated Testing'
In fact, "12.04 LTS is a coming of age release for Ubuntu in the data center as much as it's the first LTS to sport the interface which was designed to span the full range of personal computing needs," he wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.
Underpinning that "coming of age" across platforms has been an increased focus on quality, Shuttleworth wrote.
"We now have large-scale automated testing, improved upload processes, faster responses to issues that crop up inevitably during the development cycle, a broader base of users and contributors in the development release, and better engagements with the vendors who pre-install Ubuntu," he explained.
No. 3 on Web Servers
It's no real surprise to hear a company leader tout its products, of course. Recent data from W3Techs, however, does point to Ubuntu's growth on Web servers, as I noted earlier this year.
Canonical's distribution passed Red Hat Enterprise Linux in usage on public Web services over the past year, Shuttleworth noted, as depicted in the graph at left.