As many of you know, Ubuntu is an operating system, currently available in 8 official flavors, developed and maintained by Canonical (and other teams working under their umbrella). Many Linux distributions are developed by small teams that work in their spare time, but some of them end up growing so much that they come to aspire to something more. That is what happened to Manjaro, a project that has become a company with ambitious plans for the future.
It was yesterday Sunday when Philip Müller broke the news: The company is renamed Manjaro GmnH & Co. KG, a much less attractive name than Canonical or Red Hat, but which will allow both the operating system project and the community that uses it to benefit. Müller says that he has been investigating ways to secure the project in its current form and how to allow activities that cannot be carried out in a project taken as a hobby. The solution to all this seemed to happen by creating a whole company, so they decided to take the plunge.
Manjaro GmbH & Co. KG is not the best name, but it will be beneficial if it exists
The existence of Manjaro GmnH & Co. KG, that is, a company that supports them, will allow them work full time, better maintain what they already have, and explore future business opportunities. They will also be advised by Blue Systems, a German company specialized in free and open source software. Donations received will go to CommunityBridge and OpenCollective, which will secure donations and make their use transparent.
The most immediate objectives are:
- Interact with other developers at Linux sprints and events.
- Protect Manjaro's independence as a community-directed project, as well as protect its brand.
- Provide faster security updates and more efficient reactions to user needs.
- Provide the means to act as a company at a professional level.
In short, many times we talk about security updates it releases Canonical We say that this is one of the positive things about using an operating system backed by a great company: the support. This is something that Manjaro will improve with the creation of the company with (almost) the same name. So this is good news.