Good news for our Indian readers. In an interview with an Indian site, canonical CEO, Jane Silber has broken the news that Ubuntu grew 160% last year in Indian markets. This is a rough statistics based on distro downloads, security updates and number of devices sold pre-installed with Ubuntu.
Silber told that India has a tremendous market for retail expansion and opportunity for growth.
"India is one of the countries where Ubuntu is most successful and well received. We see significant growth in Ubuntu adoption in India. Over the last year we saw 160 per cent growth. So, we believe that there is real potential and demand here. I would like to make special mention of our partners because this is done with them. So we can go to the market through our OEMs. Canonical is not building computers and Canonical does not have stores. Our OEM partners know very well and have much more data than we do about the many machines that ship in India with Ubuntu pre-installed. Our OEM partners believe that we can grow with proper marketing and education,” said Silber.
Silber added that Canonical wants to reach people who want simple, easy and secure computing and don't care much about choice of operating system. The news comes after Canonical joined hands with Dell to sell laptops pre-installed with ubuntu in over 850 stores in India. With this collaboration, one can only expect these numbers to grow more and more this year.