Wikipedia adopts Ubuntu for its server infrastructure


The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind the user-driven  wikipedia project, is in the process of migrating its servers to the Ubuntu  Linux distribution. Wikimedia’s move to Ubuntu is part of an effort to simplify administration of the organization’s 400 servers, which previously ran a mix of various versions of Red Hat and Fedora.

Wikimedia’s adoption of Ubuntu is a reflection of the distribution’s  growing strength and popularity as a server solution, but it doesn’t appear that it will translate into revenue for Canonical because Wikimedia will be maintaining its systems largely without commercial support.

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