When The Register asked Mark Shuttleworth, founder Ubuntu Linux and CEO of Canonical, about Windows 7, he replied "I'm not going to diss it." In fact, he went further and talked about his experience with the operating system:
I've kicked the tires on the [Windows 7] beta for a few hours and it was good. They've put concerted attention on the user experience with the shell. I think it's going to be a great product, and every indication is we will see it in the market sooner rather than later.
Microsoft is cutting 1,400 jobs today and another 3,600 over the next 18 months in the wake of today's news of a 11 percent drop in fiscal second-quarter net income, the company announced today. It seems like Canonical is still hiring and that they're not going to slow down anytime soon. Perhaps that's the answer to the question I asked earlier "Is Sustaining a Business Better than Turning a Profit Right Now?"