Catching up with Mark Shuttleworth
By barton808 on Dec 14, 2007
While in Boston I caught up with Free Software's favorite cosmonaut, Mark Shuttleworth. We were both in beantown for FOSS camp and the Ubuntu Developer Summit and took a break from the day's activities to chat out in the courtyard at the Hotel@MIT. Little did he know I was recording his every word!
Mark's the one without the "Barton" nametag.
Who is Mark?
- First African in space
- Founder of the Ubuntu Project
- CEO of Canonical, Ltd.
- First cellist for the Capetown symphony orchestra (he has studied under YoYo Ma)
- More about Mark (a good info week article)
Some of the topics we tackle:
- FOSS camp -- cavorting with upstream projects and other distros, how this initial event went
- The Ubuntu Developer summit -- how it works and how it serves to pick the features and determine what cool FOSS stuff will land in the next Ubuntu release.
- Ubuntu's upcoming second Long Term Support (LTS) release - its emphasis on the server and virtualization (Mark tries to trick me into divulging on air what Sun is doing in the virtualization space but I think quickly and outwit him).
- Hiring on skills not on an address -- what it means to drive a geographically dispersed virtual organization
Ok, so the part about being a cellist isn't true.