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“Indians prefer to be in the services sector and would not want to get into experimenting on products business, which is a high-risk, high-reward proposition,” says Prakash Advani, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Canonical.

‘It all depends upon the DNA. If you need to be in the space, you need to have the mindset of taking the risk for high rewards. Even if one is willing to take the risk, the company needs to be incorporated in the US, so that VC funding becomes easy,” says Prakash.

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Virtualization and its many flavors has been one of the most dominating and influential technologies that has evolved over the past five years. While the technology has gained wide acceptance, it is also seen as a key element behind the cloud computing wave that is sweeping the IT landscape today.

Indian IT partners have started adopting the technology and are building successful business practices around it. In this article, we take a look at key trends in the virtualization market.

“Canonical is keen to explore opportunities, and offers very flexible packages for partners looking at virtualization services. Open source is emerging as not just a cost-effective alternative but also as an equally secure and stable alternative,” says Prakash Advani, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Canonical.

Read More on CRN.

From the The online vigilantes

In a similar vein, industry watcher and erstwhile journalist Prakash Advani says, “For any democratic country, freedom of speech is important… And even though ours is a democracy, it is not easy for people to express their opinions freely… groups like Anonymous have found ways to express themselves. “

From Deccan Herald Article:

The Android-based smartphones which can work like PCs by connecting them with a monitor, keyboard and mouse, will be out in the market in a matter of months, said Canonical, developer of the Ubuntu Operating System.

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Recently published postcast on Ubuntu Cloud. This was recorded at Intel Cloud Summit.

Conversations in the Cloud.

Direct link to the pod cast.

During my interview with Hindu Business Line, they also took a video about Ubuntu.

From my interview in Hindu Business Line:

“I have been using the latest Ubuntu 11.04 on a laptop that’s almost three years now and I don’t see any degradation of performance,” says Prakash.

I have been quotes in this article.

Apple released a feature of its Mac OS named LaunchPad. LaunchPad is a development, bug tracking platform of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. Canonical doesn’t seem to have deep pockets to sue Apple over the usage of name LaunchPad. Canonical’s Prakash Advani told our editor that “We are glad Apple likes our brand name! The purpose of Canonical’s Launchpad.net and Apple’s Launch pad are different, hence non-competing.” No surprises two years from now Apple sues Canonical over LaunchPad.

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I have been slashdotted!

“Delivering the keynote at the Ubuntu Developer Summit at Budapest, Hungary, Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical’s goal is to have 200 million Ubuntu users in four years. Canonical has not officially provided any data on how many Ubuntu users there currently are — in fact, the number is quite difficult to track. However, according to Prakash Advani, a partner manager for Central Asia at Canonical, there are an estimated 12 million Ubuntu users.”

My Interview in Muktware.com.

Ubuntu, the Canonical-sponsored operating system is gaining new grounds – in both enterprise and consumer segments. The Company now has new challenges — the challenges which develop as a company grows. We talked to Prakash Advani, Partner Manager – Central Asia at Canonical,  to understand how Canonical is preparing Ubuntu for the future.

What are the challenges? Is Canonical planning to enter the hardware business and offer an Apple-like solution, fully optimized hardware for the OS? Has Ubuntu missed the tablet bus as Android, despite being not prepared for this form-factor has seen great adoption? What is Canonical’s stand on Apple using Canonical’s brand Launchpad? Will we see professional film-editing software on Ubuntu? Will you be playing the Call of Duty on Ubuntu any soon? There are many such questions buzzing every Ubuntu user. If you want to find out the answers, read on…

http://www.muktware.com/a/3/2/29/2010/531?page=0,0

I was quoted in this article:

Prakash Advani of Canonical said, “It is unlikely that Oracle will be allowed to close down the open source version of MySQL. The open source community had submitted suggestions to the European Union commission that looked into the Oracle-Sun acquisition which specifically aimed at removing the possibility of such an event taking place. However, in case something like this does happen, developers can always create forks of MySQL.”

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Ubuntu that it launched last week, to penetrate markets such as India where an impending launch of third generation (3G) services is expected to make cloud computing accessible to individual users.

I have been quoted in this article in The Mint:

Prakash Advani, partner and manager, central Asia, at Canonical, said once broadband connectivity improves through 3G networks, Ubuntu’s built-in cloud capabilities will popularize it among computer users as well as businesses.

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IT budget cuts, an improved ecosystem and more maturity have boosted the demand for open source applications in Indian enterprises.

Read this article.

I have been quoted in this article.

It’s benefits like these that have changed the attitude of enterprises towards open source solutions. Opines Prakash Advani, Partner Manager for Central Asia, Canonical, “Initially there was a certain amount of resistance (towards open source) due to user resistance to change, but this has changed in the recent past.”

Ubuntu is an increasingly popular version of Linux today, and it seems easier for new users to sink their teeth into this free operating system with each new release.

I have been quoted in this article in the Hindu:

It is this focus on the ease-of-use factor that has contributed to Ubuntu’s popularity. Prakash Advani, partner manager, Central Asia at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, said a survey conducted last year revealed that India accounted for the largest number of Ubuntu server users among the various countries surveyed.

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From this article on Novell-Microsoft Agreement.

Prakash Advani, Linux practice head of Novell Indian subcontinent said, “With this agreement we aim to make customers work in a mixed environment where they use both Linux and Windows. It’s essential that both operating systems work seamlessly.”

Express Computer article has covered my presentation at Technology Sabha 2007.

My Article in FE.

Oracle’s announcement of providing support on Red Hat Linux is a clear indication that Linux has arrived. Linux, which started out as a hobby among some engineers, is today enterprise-ready and important enough for Oracle to provide support.

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My quote in FE article about IE 7 launch.
Prakash Advani feels IE is a reactive strategy for MS, which has primarily replicated the Firefox features and is weary of its growing market share.
Firefox’s functionalities like tabbed browsing, simple interface and customised configuration were popular. One important area of innovation by Firefox is the creation of more than 100 extensions that support additional functionalities, says Advani.

From an article in The Telegraph about the launch of SUSE Linux Enteprise Desktop 10

“We are confident that with Desktop 10, we will give Microsoft a run for its money,” averred Prakash Advani, Novell’s practice head for the subcontinent.

From CIOL’s article.

Talking to Cyber Media News on the sidelines of the SUSE 10 road-show in Chennai, Prakash Advani, Linux Practice Head, Indian Subcontinent, said that the latest offering was part of the ‘Better Desktop’ project, and the suite contains various performance-enhancing features such as the Beagle – desktop search, apart from the Novell version of Open office with words, spreadsheet, photo editing, database application etc.,

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