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Free Software Magazine: Interview with Mark Shuttleworth

Feb 21, 2006, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Mobily)

[ Thanks to Dave Guard for this link. ]

"After selling Thawte, I imagine you had a world of opportunity in front of you. You could have lived in luxury for the rest of your life, multiplying your wealth. Instead, you decided to spend ten months in Russia training as an astronaut and became the first South African civilian in space. I read about it back then, and I remember thinking: my God, that sounds like a hell of a lot of hard work. Then, you decide to create the best GNU/Linux distribution--and again, you succeeded. What drives you towards such challenges, honestly?

"Every time I go for a jog I end up huffing and puffing and thinking 'hell, if I was a bit fitter, this would be easier.' But the reality is that if I were fitter, I would just want to run further or faster, and end up huffing and puffing anyway..."

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