"Amid heightened competition in the Linux market,
Canonical — the promoter of Ubuntu Linux — is growing
up and pushing beyond the massive shadow of founder Mark
Shuttleworth (pictured). Here's the evidence and some perspective
from The VAR Guy.
"First, a little background: The Linux market seems to have
reached an inflection point. Novell and Mandriva both are seeking
potential suitors and both companies could be acquired. Novell is
set to announce quarterly results on May 27, Red Hat continues to
show healthy growth while gearing up for the Red Hat Summit (June
22-25, Boston), and Google seems to be gaining critical mass with
Android while Chrome OS is waiting in the wings.
"Meanwhile, Canonical is perhaps best known for two things:
Ubuntu and founder/evangelist Mark Shuttleworth. But during 2010,
Canonical has been expanding its management staff. Shuttleworth has
shifted to the chairman position — opening the door for a new
CEO (Jane Silber) and new Chief Operating Officer (Matt Asay)."