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Canonical To Offer Alfresco Labs Pre-Packaged Within Ubuntu Distribution

Leading open source proponents take first steps to make enterprise solutions available to combined user base


Linux World EXPO, San Francisco — August 5, 2008 – Alfresco Software, Inc., the leader in open source enterprise content management (ECM), today announced that Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the highly regarded Linux distribution, Ubuntu, will offer Alfresco Labs 3 within a pre-built software download as part of its partner repository.  Using the simple apt-get command, end-users can execute a full installation, with all drivers and relevant dependencies pre-packaged.  This move provides Alfresco with a new platform from which to reach a rapidly expanding Ubuntu user-base.

“Ubuntu is fast becoming the new star of Linux as demonstrated by the findings of Alfresco’s most recent Open Source Barometer,” said Martin Musierowicz, VP Alliances, Alfresco Software.  “Accounting for nearly a quarter of all Linux OS rollouts as of January 2008, Ubuntu was also the fastest growing Linux distribution over the second half of 2007.  With the backing of a professional organization such as Canonical, we’re delighted to be driving the growing trend towards easy to install and easy to manage open source products.”

Using Ubuntu’s Package Manager functionality, users can easily select and download new, fully supported software from Canonical's partner repository.  Because they have been pre-built and tested, each download comes with the necessary drivers and dependencies to let users hit the ground running.

“We're excited to work with Alfresco on delivering an enterprise-class content management system for Ubuntu users, for which this is the first step,” said Malcolm Yates, Global ISV manager at Canonical.  “Users have a great opportunity to assess Alfresco on Ubuntu and see the benefits these two great Open Source solutions can bring organizations. We will jointly deliver a pre-packaged enterprise version of Alfresco later in the year.”

Alfresco has seen major adoption of its open source ECM system throughout the world. There have been over one million downloads of Alfresco since inception.  The company also has more than 500 enterprise customers, including the NYSE, Los Angeles Times, Boise Cascade, Sony Pictures, Activision, Kaplan, FedEx and KLM.

Ubuntu’s management tool, based on Debian’s APT system, can install a full server product in just a few clicks using the inbuilt Synaptic Package and helps allow integration between all of the software packages within Canonical’s partner repository. A pre-packaged solution for Alfresco Enterprise Edition will be provided via Canonical’s partner repository later in the year.

Alfresco and Canonical will be demonstrating this solution at LinuxWorld in San Francisco, stand # 716. 

About Alfresco Software, Inc.

Alfresco Software, Inc. is the first and leading open source alternative for enterprise content management. It is the first company to bring the power of open source to the enterprise content management market, enabling unprecedented scale and a much lower total cost of ownership than proprietary systems. Founded by a team of content management veterans that includes the co-founder of Documentum, John Newton, and former COO of Business Objects, John Powell, Alfresco is based in London. For more information, go to

About Canonical Ltd

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organization headquartered in Europe, committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24x7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. 

Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. For more information visit or

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