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The Man Behind Ubuntu: Talking with Mark Shuttleworth

Jul 08, 2008, 15:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Mark Shuttleworth is a man who wears many hats. To some, he is the founder of the Ubuntu project. To others, he's the man behind Canonical, and HBD Venture Capital. Much of the world knows him as the first African space traveler. There is another hat that Shuttleworth wears that isn't always at the forefront of conversation. It is an extremely important hat, not only for the future of open source software, but for the future of learning, South Africa, and the world at large.

"Talking to Shuttleworth is enlightening, and talking to him about something he's particularly passionate about is a treat. He attributes much of his success to 'luck' and much of his efforts to give back as 'simply responsibility.' Maybe there is luck involved, and maybe it is responsibility that calls him, but after speaking with him, we're convinced it is less luck and more intellect, empathy, and deep passion and compassion for his industry and fellow human beings..."

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