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'We positioned Ubuntu as a version of Linux that was personal and non-technical'

May 10, 2010, 13:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Srikanth RP)

"Having earned the distinction of becoming the first African to take a flight into space, Mark Shuttleworth undertook a voyage into another unchartered territory. He started the Ubuntu Linux project, with a goal to creating a high-quality desktop and server OS. 'Ubuntu'—named after an African word which means 'humanity to others'—has since then become the most popular GNU/Linux distribution. Ubuntu Linux has been positioned as a platform for the masses rather than being confined to the specialists.

"Mark Shuttleworth, Founder, Canonical and Ubuntu Linux shared his thoughts with Srikanth RP on the increasing significance of open source, the roadmap for the cloud and why he thinks Ubuntu will succeed on the desktop, where other equally famed competitors have failed.

"From an era when open source faced a lot of antagonism, now even competitors are opening up their code. How do you see this shift in terms of the future of IT?

"I have no doubt in my mind that open source represents the future of the software industry..."

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