By barton808 on Aug 27, 2008
The other podcast that I did while I was at Debconf8 down in Argentina was with the ever charming Mark Shuttleworth, Debian developer in a past-life and founder of the Debian-based Ubuntu. Take a listen! (pay no attention to my sniffling and broken Spanish in the beginning :)
If you havent met Mark he's 6'10" (notice the relative size of the cup). As a student he was starting guard on the Capetown Krugerrands pro basketball team.\*
Some of the topics we tackle:
- How mark got involved with Debian back in '93-- he noticed the lack of an Apache package so he banged one together and contributed it
- After he sold his first company, what drove him to found Ubuntu and why did he choose to base it on Debian?
- What is the business model behind Canonical and how has it evolved over time, particularly when in the case of Ubuntu, "the bits are free" (from technical support contracts to custom engineering)
- Where will Ubuntu most likely get traction in the enterprise, via the server or desktop?
- The trends Mark sees in the industry today
- The Ubuntu+Red Hat+SUSE+ IBM "Microsoft-Free desktop" announcement that was made at Linux World and how this represents "a shift in what's possible"
- Where Mark sees Ubuntu two years from now, what its like being your own angel investor and does Mark have an exit strategy?
\*(Mark really isn't 6'10 and I don't think there is such a team as the Capetown Krugerrands).
Pau for now...