In November of 2006, Canonical held an "all hands" event, which included a team building exercise. Several teams recorded "Ubuntu commercials".
On one of the teams, Mark "Borat" Shuttleworth amusingly proffered,
"Ubuntu make wonderful things possible, for example, Linux appliance, with Ubuntu preinstalled, we call this -- the fridge!"
Nine years later, that tongue-in-cheek parody is no longer a joke. It's a "cold" hard reality!
GE Appliances, FirstBuild, and Ubuntu announced a collaboration around a smart refrigerator, available today for $749, running Snappy Ubuntu Core on a Raspberry Pi 2, with multiple USB ports and available in-fridge accessories. We had one in our booth at IoT World in San Francisco this week!
While the fridge prediction is indeed pretty amazing, the line that strikes me most is actually "Ubuntu make(s) wonderful things possible!"
With emphasis on "things". As in, "Internet of Things." The possibilities are absolutely endless in this brave new world of Snappy Ubuntu. And that is indeed wonderful.
So what are you making with Ubuntu?!?