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Interview with Mark Taylor, Pres. of UK Open Source Consortium

Oct 24, 2007, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Q: I saw on your site recently that Canonical, whose project Ubuntu is really one of the leading GNU/Linux desktops, joined. Can you talk to us about that a little bit?

"Mark Taylor: Sure, I'd love to. I'm sure the guys there would be happy to as well. We're delighted to rank Canonical as one of our numbers. Again, an example of a well-known free software business. Canonical are incredibly strong supporters of free software and speak about it on issues relating to the community and relating to the emerging industry, so people like Mark [Shuttleworth] get invoved in the debate about software patents, and Canonical have made it very, very clear that, as a distribution, they will not be doing a deal with Microsoft, for example. (laughter) They already speak strongly on issues affecting the industry, and it was really just a natural match. A number of the OSC member companies have done some public-sector work, some public-sector business here in the UK, so it was just natural for them to get involved. They are also very much involved in our iPlayer campaign as well..."

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