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Leaving Canonical

Jan 12, 2011, 04:34 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott James Remnant)

"This will be my last week working for Canonical Ltd.

"I joined the company almost seven years ago, right at its inception. I was contracting at the time and a member of the Debian project maintaining the dpkg package manager, when I received an e-mail out of the blue that led to a phone call with a South African I'd never heard of who wanted to offer me a dream job working on a Debian-based Linux distribution. Sadly I never kept that original e-mail, but I tried to replicate it from memory for Canonical's 5th birthday:

"Dear Friend,

"How are you and your family hope fine?

"I am Mark SHUTTLEWORTH, from the great country of SOUTH AFRICA.

"Due to good fortune mine in business, I have come into money of the sum $575,000,000 (US).

"I would like to with you discuss BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY, and solicit your confidentiality in this transaction.

"Pleased to discuss by phone at your earliest convenience."

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