Over the last few months Ubuntu’s commercial backer Canonical has been going through a hiring frenzy. Currently there are a total of 39 job openings at Canonical at this moment. For a large company that may not seem like a whole lot. But for Canonical which only had about 320 employees at the beginning of the year [source] it is a pretty big deal. Moreover, new positions have been opening up on Ubuntu Jobs weekly if not faster for the last few months.
So what does this mean for Ubuntu?
As most of Ubuntu is built elsewhere by other companies and individual contributors it won’t mean tons of new features. Rather expect more of what Ubuntu has been providing: constant refinement of the Ubuntu experience. Additionally, Canonical is focusing on the ARM platform with a goal of being a bridge between it and the traditional x86 architecture. Lastly, Canonical has it’s eye on developing the new Ubuntu Certified website and allowing people to have some official word on if particular hardware “just works” with Ubuntu.
One of the most asked questions of Canonical has been if it is profitable. The answer has and continues to be no [source]. But it seems profit isn’t Canonical’s number one goal right now, growth is.