Posted by Lora Bentley

Because 70 percent of Canonical’s services revenue comes from the server side of its Ubuntu business, the company behind the popular Linux distro plans to beef up its server software, Computerworld reports.

Ubuntu is well-liked enough among its desktop users — my boss being one of the newest — that Dell chose to preinstall it on certain desktops and laptops offered in the U.S. But, speaking at Ubuntu Live, founder Mark Shuttleworth explained that the company will increase its investment in the server version in an effort to catch the collective eye of IT teams.

Web-based systems management and monitoring software, Landscape, will be launched in beta next month, Shuttleworth said, and the company plans to implement “regular and predictable” software releases for the enterprise. Its enterprise service agreements will also be expanded to France and Germany.