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Open Voices: Mark Shuttleworth

Feb 25, 2008, 19:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Zemlin)

"Jim Zemlin: Let's talk a little bit about the business of open source. You're obviously a successful businessman, you've invested in both Ubuntu as a nonprofit which you've stated you want to see break even; in other words, be economically sustainable in and of itself.

"But you've also invested in Canonical which is a for-profit company in the business of free software and sort of the supports surrounding that.

"Tell me a little bit about lessons you've learned in the process of both of those, but in particular I'm interested in the Canonical side, really the for-profit business about making money around open source.

"Mark Shuttleworth: Well, to me it's very straightforward. I think that the software licensing business models of the 80's and 90's are really at the end of their cycle and so I just wouldn't be that interested in starting a business now which was fundamentally about trying to get people to buy software that I invented..."

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