There are many Linux distributions that have their own store to sell merchandise products. So it has been, until yesterday, in what was known as Ubuntu Store, Canonical Shop or Ubuntu Shop. And is that Canonical has closed the store where they sold products for the most fans of Ubuntu and their company, which is not good news for all those who were thinking of buying something with the Ubuntu logo from their official store.
The Ubuntu Store launched in 2007 offering a black shirt and a few items like stickers and CDs. During the 12 years that it has been open, not even Canonical has known how to refer to it, as you can see in a header of this article that says above Canonical Shop, in the center «Ubuntu Shop» and below «Ubuntu Store». And the question is: why have they closed the store?
Ubuntu Store closes, probably, to loosen ballast
This Canonical move might mean nothing. It is said that anyone who wanted something from Canonical or Ubuntu already had it. I do not agree with this theory and I am more inclined to think that the store is no longer as profitable as the company would like it to be. Having launched the operating system in 2004, in 2007 there was a fever to have these merchandising products, but now that fever would no longer be such.
Among what they offered we had mugs, caps, the aforementioned shirt, they came to launch a cycling shorts (which today I would have bought) and other products that had their utility, such as a USB speaker. In my opinion, a company like Canonical that develops an operating system like Ubuntu should continue to offer at least t-shirts, caps, stickers and others, all officially. Another option that I would see as good would be for them to continue selling their products in other stores, such as Amazon. What do you think?