Canonical Announces Alliance with Open Country to Deliver Award-Winning Systems Management Suite to Ubuntu

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Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, the world's fastest growing Linux distribution, today announced it has entered into an alliance with Open Country to deliver a proven enterprise level systems management solution for Ubuntu users.

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, the world's fastest growing Linux distribution, today announced it has entered into an alliance with Open Country, the Linux Journal award-winning, next-generation systems management software company. This will enable the two companies to deliver proven enterprise level management solutions.

Open Country becomes the first commercial software vendor to offer a systems management solution for Ubuntu users. The newest version of its flagship product, OCM 3.1, is the management suite that encourages repeatable best practices and supports the widest range of Linux distributions in the industry. OCM will support both server and desktop versions of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. OCM will be able to provision and manage Ubuntu-based servers and desktops across the enterprise.

“We’re pleased to have Open Country’s award-winning systems management solution, OCM, available for Ubuntu,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and the Ubuntu Linux project. “A great systems management solution from Open Country, along with professional support of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS from Canonical Ltd and its partner companies, are essential for successful large scale deployments of Ubuntu desktops and servers.”

“With Ubuntu 6.06 LTS and Open Country’s OCM, enterprise customers now have a complete system, including advanced management and support, when deploying large numbers of Ubuntu Linux servers and desktops,” said Michael Grove, President and CEO of Open Country.

Ubuntu users are eligible to receive a free evaluation copy of OCM by going to



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About Canonical and Ubuntu

Canonical, a global organisation headquartered in Europe, is committed to the development, distribution, and promotion of opensource software products, and to providing tools and support to the open source community. Canonical is the sponsor company for Ubuntu, which since its launch in October 2004 has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions, with millions distributed and in use around the world. Ubuntu will always be free, and will not have restrictive licenses associated with it. With these goals in mind at all times, Ubuntu aims at being the most widely used of all Linux systems, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. For more information visit or

About Open Country

Open Country helps organizations significantly simplify the management of existing enterprise Linux systems. The majority of IT costs involve repeated problem solving across the enterprise or from one enterprise to the next. Open Country enables IT managers to solve a problem once and effectively leverage the solutions across the organization. Open Country’s OCM™ Universal Systems Management Suite supports the largest number of Linux distributions in the industry. By eliminating “lock-in” to one software platform, Open Country OCM™ helps customers choose the best and most cost-effective options to power their enterprise. Open Country is based in Belmont, Calif. For additional information, visit


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