My new focus at Canonical

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

From March next year, I’ll focus my Canonical energy on product design, partnerships and customers. Those are the areas that I enjoy most and also the areas where I can best shape the impact we have on open source and the technology market. I’m able to do this because Jane Silber, who has been COO at Canonical virtually from the beginning, will take on the job of CEO.

Since Jane joined the company, she and I have shared the load of coordinating between the leaders of all the key teams that make up Canonical. We’ve been through various permutations as new initiatives needed different kinds of attention; Jane currently leads the Ubuntu One effort, for example.

I’ve become very passionate about design and quality, and want to spend more time figuring out how we harness the collaborative process to build better, more insightful products. I can’t think of a more interesting challenge, and luckily I couldn’t think of a better person to take over my formal management and leadership responsibilities at Canonical than Jane. We’ve worked together long enough, and closely enough, that I can be confident of continuity in the pieces I most care about and also excited about the ways in which I think Jane will raise the bar for the senior team. As a former VP at General Dynamics, Jane has more experience of large customers and large organisational leadership, which I see as essential for Canonical over the next five years. We are being welcomed as a partner and supplier to ever-larger businesses, and I want to make sure we are a robust answer to their needs.

Many folks in the community will know Jane from Ubuntu Developer Summits, and of course she’s well established as a leader at Canonical. In order to focus on the new role, we’ll be hiring for a COO and a new lead for Ubuntu One (both positions will be advertised publicly as well as within Canonical). There’s no rush, so we plan to coordinate things carefully and I expect I’ll be focused on my new role by March.

181 comments:

  1. Matthew Helmke says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Cool! I’m sure Jane will be wonderful in her new role and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of your new focus.

  2. Eric Pritchett says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Does this mean you’ll have time to blog more? :-)

  3. Jonathan Carter says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    It’s always great when you’re in the position where you can apply yourself to something that you enjoy and that you’re passionate about. I’m sure Ubuntu will be better for it, keep it fun and productive!

    I can’t remember his name, but there was an older American guy who worked for you at HBDAM, he told me that you should never work in the same position for longer than 2 years. Over time, and looking at myself and other people, I tend to agree with him. 2 years seems like a sweet spot where you can gain and contribute just about the optimum experience/contributions in a position. I’ve also seen people in Debian, for example, who have changed lots of roles within Debian when they’ve been very long-term contributors.

  4. Leif Andersen says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Well, I guess it is impossible for you to have gone on forever. You did a good job with canonical, and I hope that Jane can do just as good or better. Based on the contents of your post, I think she will. Also, I think it’s a good thing that for the first time that I am aware of, a female is the CEO of a major (or at least major in my mind), technology company.

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  7. Luke Hoersten says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    This is great! I’ve always felt like Ubuntu’s edge came from having a design focused head on it’s shoulders. The timing seems perfect with Gnome3 on the way and it needs a vision and focus. You are the perfect person to provide that! Good luck.

  8. kismet_a says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Mark, let’s be honest here. You can do whatever you want, because no one really give a damn, as long as you keep pumping money into Linux.

    Also, I saw that thread on Geekfeminism. They pwned your sorry ass! You’re kind of gutless, really.

    Mark Shuttleworth says: And I bet that’s your real email address you’re using there. What a charming example of backbone you are.

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  10. Morgan Cox says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Phew – for one minute I thought you were leaving Ubuntu, It sounds more like you will have more time to focus on it ..

    I’m glad of your statement of focusing on the Desktop (http://blogs.computerworld.com/15275/shuttleworth_steps_down_as_ubuntu_ceo) I was worried that involvement with Chrome would lessen your focus in that arena, I for one have no interest in replacing my desktop with the cloud..

    This move should also silence your critics about being sexist!

    One thing Ubuntu lacks (in my option) is a central control panel that you have in other distributions have (Mandriva,opensuse,etc) – importantly they have X and console tools.

    Thank you for your efforts

    Have a good Xmas when it comes.

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  13. Danny Piccirillo says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    It would be cool to see canonical become a worker-run cooperative. There aren’t enough of those in tech

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  16. Saleel says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    … But you are still our benevolent dictator for life, right?

  17. Travis says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    So does that mean you won’t be SABDFL anymore?

  18. Melvin Carvalho says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Best of luck, Mark!

    You’ve done nothing short of an Earth Shattering job so far with Ubuntu.

    But remember, the best is yet to come … :)

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  21. Anthony Hook says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    It’s good to hear that you’re following your passions and I’m excited to see the directions Canonical can go with Ubuntu and the community behind it. Take care, and hope to hear any and all updates in the future.

  22. Shane Fagan says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Its great to refocus on what you enjoy, you have worked hard as CEO and now you can have fun with a more exciting area of the business. Let the business people handle the hard stuff. Since the lucid+1 is the first one with a dx track it will be an interesting release to start on. I cant wait to see what the design team can do with Gnome 3.

  23. Vadim P. says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    It’s growing! Congrats and I’m glad there is a proper person to lead this.

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  27. Marius says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    As companies evolve they need to change to ensure innovation, new ideas and stay clear of stagnation. I agree with Jonathan that 18 to 24 months is the longest one should stay in the same job. I am saying job and not company. The company I would for, IBM, try to move people around every 18 months and if one is longer than 18 months in the same job, it gets fround apon.

    All the best Mark in how you will shape then next releases of Ubuntu ..

  28. Jim Hall says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Good luck, Mark!

    It’s also great that this kind of transition gets announced *way* ahead of time. This is a 3-month lead, plenty of time for Jane to transition into the new role. By the time the change becomes effective in March, this should be a simple case of stepping aside.

    For what it’s worth, I did the same thing when I stepped down from the FreeDOS Project. (See “Transitions in Open Source Software” at my blog, http://www.freedos.org/jhall/). I also gave a 3-month lead. When the time came, it was easy to step aside and let the other [new] admins assume the role. Actually, by that time, they were handling most of the daily stuff anyway.

  29. John says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    bout time that time m0fo…

  30. TheMonkeyKing says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Great! Please establish a working partnership with the ATI division of AMD. If you cannot bring graphics in line with what consumers are just now trying out (tying computers to TV output), the whole personal-family community of Ubuntu withers. This will be from lack of interest and the assumption (currently correctly so) that Microsoft is the only “just works” OS and application environment for home and small business use.

    If you need help, email me.

  31. Pieter Colpaert says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    It takes a lot of courage to step down from a position and I have a lot of respect for your decision. I hope we will hear more about you as product design, partnerships and customers person.

    Pieter

    P.S. – Please keep The Gimp in ubuntu live-CD and don’t «swap» it for F-spot

  32. Jakub Safar says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Big thanks for Ubuntu, it brings incredible value and opportunities. Good luck to you, Jane and everyone else who makes our world a better place to be.

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  34. Francesco says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Ok Mark! Now you can concentrate on improving the design of Ubuntu, whila Jane focuses on getting profitability with Canonical. Divide et impera!
    Good luck! :)

  35. CC says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I know you’re not leaving Ubuntu but I want to take this opportunity to thank you for bringing Linux to the average consumer (whether it was your intention or not). Best of luck whatever you decide to do next.

  36. Tristan Nitot says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Mark, it sometimes take courage to do the right thing. If you think that both Ubuntu and you will be better off, then this means that you’re doing the right thing!

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  38. flint says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Dear Mark,

    You are still the SABDFL eh?

    Regards,

    Flint

  39. Aodhagan Lee says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Mark,

    Thank you for your leadership in the role of CEO. I personally believe your contributions in this position have established and fostered an excellent group of leaders at Canonical and within the Ubuntu community as a whole. I hope that your new role will provide you with better focused opportunities to aid Ubuntu’s progress towards a product with an improved user experience.

  40. Reid says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I hope that the indescribable attraction of your products continues despite this change.

  41. Aurelio says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    From Spain.Good luck Marc in your new job”.
    !Ubuntu Up!

  42. Hardbreaker says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I really appreciate your work. To my view you are one of the seldom existing persons that have money and KNOW what it is worth and what to do with it. This – from my personal view – is something most “rich” people dismiss – because it can only be done with such a technical background in mind you already have.
    So I wish you luck and understandment of technology and markets.

    Kind regards
    /HB

  43. Andrew M says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I really hope that this makes canonical more successfull financially, I just hope it doesn’t have any impact on the freedom aspect of the commpany. One of the reasons I push for Ubuntu with Canonical support is due to the commitment to freedom. I feel it significantly reduces the risks associated with enterprise software.

  44. Gozzin says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Does this mean with a female at the helm,all the sexist art work @ Ubuntu’s forum will become history?

  45. Socceroos says: (permalink)
    December 17th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Hey Mark,

    Thanks for putting in the effort to let your community know well in advance.

    Also, its very cool to see this move free you up to concentrate on your passion: delivering great products with great design. I’m really excited to see what comes out of the Ubuntu Community and from Canonical over the next few years. Very bright future indeed!

    Regards,

    Socceroos

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  47. anzan says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Congratulations, Mark, and my thanks for all of your efforts and in what you have accomplished so far. I am sure that this will only allow you to do more of what you enjoy and what has been of benefit to so many around the world.

    Good luck to Jane as well. I am sure that Canonical will continue to move in a strong and clear direction.

  48. Jeff Waugh says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    For those who don’t know Jane — as she doesn’t have the most public profile among the stars of Ubuntu and Canonical — be assured that she is all kinds of awesome, far beyond the capacity of English to describe. This is a fantastic transition for Canonical (it’s great that Mark has someone so awesome to hand the reins to), which will in turn be fantastic for Ubuntu.

    … and totally cool that Mark will have more time to focus on the stuff he finds fun and satisfying. Further arse-kicking will ensue. :-)

    Wonderful news all ’round, congratulations both!

  49. Joel says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Hey Mark,

    Thanks for blogging – it’s been quite a while since the meta-cycles post. Hope you enjoy your new position at Canonical.

    Joel

  50. Debian says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Does this mean you’ll finally have time to use your Debian membership again? Maybe you could run for DPL, Debian surely needs someone with some vision before it dies.

  51. KeithCu says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    You should focus on the buglist as one of your most important metrics, surely more important than boot time! You should use your Bully Pulpit and rally each team in the Ubuntu community, and those who work with Ubuntu, to get the buglist under control. Software that has bugs is like a house with 99% of a roof. It is impossible to have a quality product with an out-of-control buglist. I get concerned that every new release of Ubuntu has some ADD-like focus on a shiny new feature, and the fundamentals are being ignored.

    The answer is not to be more or less “conservative” about software versions. I’m not going to argue that new Ubuntus are less reliable than previous releases as all releases have had bugs. (Breezy would sometimes hang on boot on my dual proc machine with some sort of race condition.) But it is not getting better. I live in Seattle, and if a Boeing crashes, it is very bad news. Pretend the same for Ubuntu.

    Set goals and measure progress against them. Perhaps the most important is hardware because you can’t use any of the software until your hardware works. Step 1 of Linux World Domination is World Installation.

    My book has more than one chapter full of advice for the Linux community.

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  53. Tim says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    “comments are filtered through Akismet”. The link http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/akismet.com is broken at the moment.

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  56. Esteban Suarez says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 2:43 am

    I think this change is the bigger demostration that Canonical and Ubuntu have own life and they transcend his creator. And that is a great news to linux’s community !.

    Greetings from Argentina

  57. karlzt says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 2:49 am

    It was about time

  58. Andres Mujica says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Great move Mark. OPA for 2012 ??

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  60. evilexus says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Hablo por toda la comunidad latino!!!

    Se te va a extrañar en el puesto que dejas, eso que ni que, y bienvenido sea el que ocupe el puesto y espero que sea igual que tu, y mis respetos para usted quien revoluciono Linux al 100%.

    Y mucho exito para todo le deseamos todos los latinos y que siga teniendo voz y voto en Ubuntu.

    Feliz navidad, y prospero muy prospero año nuevo !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Atte. Sergio Lopez

    Hey… una cosa mas a donde puedo enviar mi curriculum para pedir el puesto?… ;-)

  61. Moss Bliss says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Mark,

    Thanks for all you do and have done. Ubuntu is everything I wanted Linux to be. Now if we could get OOo to fix some things, I’d never have to use Windoze again.

  62. Oscar says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Personally that focuses on what she likes is more important, their efforts are the same but with more passion. A greeting from Spain and happy holidays.

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  64. inetpro says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Very nice move.

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  73. Johan de Lange says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Hi Mark, congratulations on being the visionary you are! Timing could not have been better, though I admit it was initially a shock to me. Reading your post, I appreciate now very much that the future for Canonical will be better managed by a different skill set. I am heartened by the fact that you will remain where your influence can be most felt, and so am looking forward to the world of Ubuntu improving and more news on what we can expect from Canonical in terms of cloud computing with you working the rudder there! The very best of luck to you, Jane and the whole team at Canonical!

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  77. bernama says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    you believe you can fly!!

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    December 18th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    [...] грудня Марк в своєму блозі повідомив, що має намір залишити пост генерального [...]

  81. Ricardo Ramalho says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Hi!

    I do hope this is for the better!! I hope this makes Ubuntu more of a product to Human Beings; more than it is today!

    I hope you can have a “500 paper cut” to make all our lives easier!

    Best wishes!

  82. Canonical: Mark Shuttleworth decides to step down from CEO says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    [...] post can be seen at this page. In the same blog post, he also said: As a former VP at General Dynamics, Jane has more [...]

  83. NetStorming » Mark Shuttleworth abandona su puesto de CEO says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    [...] fundador de Canonical y creador de Ubuntu ha anunciado en su blog personal que abandonará su posición de CEO en la empresa para dedicarse a tareas de diseño y relaciones [...]

  84. Mark Shuttleworth renuncia como CEO de Canonical. « SomosGeeks says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    [...] Ahora que Mark Shuttleworth ha decidido que prefiere centrar su atención y su enfoque en el diseño de productos, en los clientes y en los esfuerzos comunes con otras empresas, la responsabilidad de dirigir Canonical recaerá sobre la actual directora de operaciones, Jane Silber. [...]

  85. irgendeiner says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    omg, what perspectives for ubuntu ;-)

  86. Mark Shuttleworth dejará de ser el presidente de Canonical | ALT1040 says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    [...] Shuttleworth reveló que desde marzo del año que está llegando dejará de ser el presidente ejecutivo de la empresa para dejarle su lugar a Jane Silber, quien es presidente de operaciones y que lleva [...]

  87. Cristiano says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Hi,

    I am a fan of everything you did from the first time I heard the name Ubuntu.
    I am sad that you will do something else, but I’m happy to hear that you will remain in Canonical.

    Thank you Mark for everything you did for the Open Source community.

    Best wishes :-)

  88. Shuttleworth Berhenti Menjadi CEO Canonical Mulai Mac 2010 | LinuxMalaya says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    [...] kepada Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth hari ini telah pun mengumumkan pada blog beliau yang mana mulai bulan Mac 2010, beliau akan berhenti daripada menjadi CEO Canonical, dan digantikan [...]

  89. Will Santos says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Congratulations Marck!… GO FOR MORE! :D

  90. miguel says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Hola, Saludos desde Colombia, Gracias por un distro tan buena y tan facil de usar que hace mucho menos traumatico el cambio desde windows. he probado muchas distros, pero me sigo quedando con ubuntu. ojala todos los millonarios tuvieran tu vision, gracias por todo mark. saludos desde Colombia. quisiera colaborar pero no se programacion..claro si se usar…gracias

    Hello, Greetings from Colombia, Thanks for a distro so good and easy to use that much less traumatic than the change from windows. I have tried many distros, but I am still staying with Ubuntu. hopefully all millionaires have your vision, thanks for everything mark. greetings from Colombia. would like to work but not clear whether programming .. use … thanks

  91. Ubuntu: Canonical se queda sin Shuttleworth, la vida sigue says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    [...] el fundador de Canonical -a su vez, la compañía detrás de la popular distribución Linux- ha anunciado que renunciará a su rol como Jefe [...]

  92. Νεος CEO για την Canonical. | zero.gr says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    [...] ίδιος αναφέρει στο προσωπικό του blog στα σχετικά με την επερχόμενη αποχώρηση του τον [...]

  93. Our favorite spaceman steps down as Canonical CEO « I’m Just an Avatar says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    [...] that is behind the Ubuntu family of GNU/Linux distributions, announced that in March, 2010, he is stepping down as the top dog at Canonical. From March next year, I’ll focus my Canonical energy on product design, partnerships and [...]

  94. The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » The Mint Newsletter – issue 97 says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    [...] Shuttleworth resigns as Canonical’s CEO – will instead focus on product design, partnerships and [...]

  95. Blogrotate #11: The Weekly Roundup of News for System Administrators | The Pythian Blog says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    [...] be replaced by Jane Silber, formerly the COO. Read the full release on Mark’s blog My new focus at Canonical and some information from Jane in her blog Management changes at Canonical. Recently Microsoft [...]

  96. Mark Shuttleworth deja de ser CEO de Canonical says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    [...] En el sitio oficial del ex CEO de  Canonical se puede ver un escrito en donde explica sus razones para dejar el cargo así como también el porque está deacuerdo en que Jane Silber sea la nueva encargada al estar muy bien preparada para el cargo. ¿Pero quien rayos es Jane Silber? Ella estuvo en Canonical desde sus inicios, su carrera empezó como desarrolladora de software y cuenta con licenciaturas en la Universidad de Oxford, en la Universidad Vanderbilt y el Haverford College. [...]

  97. GNU/Linux.cu says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    [...] Ahora que Mark Shuttleworth ha decidido que prefiere centrar su atención y su enfoque en el diseño de productos, en los clientes y en los esfuerzos comunes con otras empresas, la responsabilidad de dirigir Canonical recaerá sobre la actual directora de operaciones, Jane Silber. [...]

  98. LionelBino says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks, Mark for everything you gave us. Glad you still on his way with the community and ubuntu is not completed yet. Since I wish him every success.

  99. adelaide says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Hi, I am the founder of the mad group. Started it 10 yrs ago with a car that couldn’t reverse and R1500. Its been one helluva journey, couldn’t sleep, googled u and found ur blog. Thought I wld share with u that I used ur name today in a mail to one of the banks in SA that declined my proposal for finance due to their inability to look beyond a freakin balance sheet. Apparently when u started out u approached a bank and they declined u, today all their top guys cites this incident as one of the banks anecdotes. Well they didn’t decline me but another bank did without any proper and sensible explanation. I then proceeded to write to the big boss and concluded my mail with your story (don’t know if its true though have gone on hearsay) bottom line being that it gets to me that in order to get a new idea out there u have to grovel to get narrow minded stiffs in suits that r CA’s and just cannot see the big picture! The human species never ceases to amaze me and it seems to be a continuous battle in business. Well u r an inspiration to many especially those that aren’t run of the mill because u proved anything is possible, thanks for using ur name. By the way good for u to state u delete nasty comments as envy I believe drives many a mean word. Thing is it flippen gets to me haven’t mastered the art of not feeling a thing! Mad Adelaide founder of the Mad Group PS also recently handed reigns of CEO position to my brother Solomon, although we r the moon and ur org the omniverse..

  100. shane says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Mark,

    I recently learned ATI has enacted a policy to not support newer versions of Xorg on older graphics chip-sets.
    This task has been left to the open-source driver developers. While the open-source driver works admirable I’ve had friends tell me
    several features are missing.

    Given your social standing could you contact ATI and asked them to stretch the date from what I believe is two years to possibly three.

    9.10 seems to be a great release. It’s just sad most people don’t get the full benefit of using this platform under full power as to say.

    Thanks for your time.

  101. Zac says: (permalink)
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Mark, thanks for all your work and your continuing enthusiasm despite the nasty and inconsiderate people out there. You are so much a bigger person than they.

    Congratulations to Jane who will be a wonderful CEO. I think at the end of day, it’s a win for all and a wise and strategic move which help make Ubuntu and Linux the OS of choice.

    PS: I hope this gives added momentum to addressing Bug #1. I want this closed.

  102. Mark Shuttleworth dejará de ser el presidente de Canonical « ANIME LINUX STYLE IN THE WORLD says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    [...] Tal y como ha anunciado Mark Shuttleworth en su blog: [...]

  103. CEO Turun Gunung, Ubuntu Masukkan Menu Jejaring Sosial | DailySocial says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    [...] Canonical, perusahaan di balik sistem operasi Ubuntu, kayaknya bikin Mark Shuttleworth bosan. Lewat blognya, Shuttleworth menyatakan bahwa mulai Maret 2010 ia akan turun dari jabatan CEO dan memfokuskan diri [...]

  104. Jean Lussier says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Bravo Man of the year !
    Je travaille chaque jour à produire un monde plus libre car je crois en ce concept. Bien sur on doit tous gagner sa vie mais le modèle peut être différent de la vente liée et de l’exploitation des failles d’un SE (OS) .
    Il manque de marketing (sic) avec ce super système d’exploitation. Youtube, twitter, facebook, fabricants. etc….
    Mais quel beau produit !
    Merci merci merci M. Shuttleworth ! Merci !
    Je fais des adeptes chaque jours et j’entends continuer car cela représente mes valeurs.
    Je sais qu’on doit vous le dire souvent mais merci pour votre implication financière elle est apprécié par des millions de personnes de part le monde et ici aussi au Québec.
    Lâchez pas !
    Si vous n’existeriez pas, faudrait vous inventer !

  105. Brief: Mark Shuttleworth drops CEO gig, changes roles at Canonical | Newsblog says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    [...] harness the collaborative process to build better, more insightful products,” he wrote in a blog entry this morning. “I can’t think of a more interesting challenge, and luckily I [...]

  106. BlogUbuntu.com says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Mark Shuttleworth cambia de puesto en Canonical…

    Mark Shuttleworth, que ha sido hasta el momento el CEO (director ejecutivo) de Canonical, la empresa que da vida a Ubuntu y que él mismo fundó, ha decidido dar un cambio a su rol en la empresa, y a partir del 1 de marzo abandona su actual puesto de C…..

  107. Shuttleworth deja su cargo de CEO en Canonical | MuyLinux says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    [...] sucederle en el cargo, tal y como comenta en su propio blog, está Jane Silber, que desde prácticamente el principio ha sido la Chief Operating Officer (COO), [...]

  108. ..:: Linux 4 PR ::.. » Mark Shuttleworth ya no sera CEO de Canonical says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth, escribe en su blog. [...]

  109. LPĮ #4 | geko says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    [...] naujienos iš Ubuntu pasaulio. Mark Shuttleworth pranešė (Canonical įkūrėjas), kad pasitraukia iš įmonės direktoriaus pareigų. Plačiau aprašo [...]

  110. Hola PO! » Mark Shuttleworth deja de ser el presidente de Canonical says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    [...] | Fridge de Ubuntu Más información | Blog de Mark Shuttleworth Más información | Blog oficial de [...]

  111. youboontous says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Methinks this space-faring ubuntu is going to pull off another string of pleasant surprises.
    Umm, could we get more of the Freedom Toaster kind of things? :D

  112. Supercarrot says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Can I just say that once again you have struck me by making what I consider to be a very intelligent move. I think that I have seen that this is an area that you are passionate about and the Linux Desktop really needs. Its still your company and therefore you have the authority and respect to get things moving. So therefore this is actually something that quite excites me and clearly has the ability to bring a fresh new dynamism into what clearly is designed to be a revolutionary Linux OS distribution.

  113. Innenspur.de » » Alleskönner FFmpeg says: (permalink)
    December 19th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    [...] passieren, würde das dem Betriebssystemmarkt sicherlich einen neuen Push geben. Und wer weiß, jüngste Nachrichten gehen ja genau in diese [...]

  114. Shuttleworth stepping down as Canonical CEO | Full-Linux.com says: (permalink)
    December 20th, 2009 at 7:07 am

    [...] Shuttleworth has announced that, as of March, he’ll relinquish the job of Canonical CEO to Jane Silber. “I’ve [...]

  115. Barbie says: (permalink)
    December 20th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Ubuntu will continue to grow from strength to strength! Long after Microsoft has shut up shop Ubuntu will be around. The future is happening right before our eyes and I can’t understand why Mark is one of the first to be leading the way. Eat dust Microsoft that is my prediction!

  116. أمازيلا لتقنية المعلومات | Amazilla Information Technology » Blog Archive » شاتلوورث يتخلى عن منصبه في كانونيكا says: (permalink)
    December 20th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    [...] [ Shuttleworth Blog ] إحفظ/شارك قد نشر هذا الموضوع في التاريخ: الأحد, ديسمبر 20th, 2009 الساعة :11:57 ص التصنيف: غير مصنف. يمكنك اتباع اي ردود على هذا الموضوع من خلال خلاصة RSS 2.0 . يمكنك ترد رداً, أو التعقيب مرة أخرى من خلال موقعك. [...]

  117. Uri Shabtay says: (permalink)
    December 20th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    smart decision for a new focus. i am certain Jane will do fine, and you will flourish in your new role. change your place — change your luck

  118. blog | You Asked For It Blog says: (permalink)
    December 20th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth » blog Archive » My new focus at Canonical writes %26ldquo;In a blog announcement today, Canonical Founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth revealed he will be stepping down from his CEO role to be replaced by current COO Jane Silber. Both execs do not see major strategic changes on the [...] … [...]

  119. Fervent Frog says: (permalink)
    December 20th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    All the best to you in your new role, may you continue to enrich and bring out the best in Ubuntu!

  120. Cwningen says: (permalink)
    December 21st, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see which directions your creativity, unfettered by pencil pushing, takes you :)

  121. Relevo en Canonical: Sale Shuttleworth, entra Silber | Guías Informáticas says: (permalink)
    December 21st, 2009 at 3:57 am

    [...] en Canonical: Sale Shuttleworth, entra Silber Tal y como ha anunciado Mark Shuttleworth en su blog, a partir de marzo de 2010 dejará su puesto de presidente ejecutivo en Canonical y se lo cederá a [...]

  122. Новинки и последние новости Hi Tech » Blog Archive » Марк Шаттлворт уходит с должности руководителя Canonical says: (permalink)
    December 21st, 2009 at 5:22 am

    [...] Шаттлворт сообщил о намерении уйти с поста генерального директора Canonical [...]

  123. Mark Shuttleworth deja de ser CEO de Canonical « Libertad Zero says: (permalink)
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:24 am

    [...] vemos el buen Mark es todo un estuche de monerías, sin embargo hace unos días en su blog anunció lo [...]

  124. Mark Shuttleworth deixarà de ser l’executiu en cap de Canonical | Bits Catalans | Bloc sobre tecnologia, Internet 2.0, aplicacions, software, disseny web, programació web i aplicacions escrit en català. says: (permalink)
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    [...] als blocs de | Mark Shuttleworth i [...]

  125. Mark Shuttleworth dejará de ser el presidente de Canonical « Command Line says: (permalink)
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    [...] Shuttleworth reveló que desde marzo del año que está llegando dejará de ser el presidente ejecutivo de la empresa para dejarle su lugar a Jane Silber, quien es presidente de operaciones y que lleva [...]

  126. Mark Shuttleworth ya no es el Director Ejecutivo de Canonical « Software Libres, Mangas y animes ….. son Los lazos que nos unen a los que visitan esta bitacora says: (permalink)
    December 21st, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    [...] explica así en su blog el nuevo lugar que ocupará en la empresa que fundó en el 2004: “A partir de Marzo [...]

  127. Agus Ray says: (permalink)
    December 22nd, 2009 at 9:11 am

    what ever you do Mark, please dont leave Ubuntu Project. Thxs

  128. Shuttleworth deja su cargo de CEO en Canonical « Grupo de Usuarios de Tecnologías Libres says: (permalink)
    December 22nd, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    [...] sucederle en el cargo, tal y como comenta en su propio blog, está Jane Silber, que desde prácticamente el principio ha sido la Chief Operating Officer (COO), [...]

  129. S02E20 – The Final Phase – OGG HIGH | Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo team says: (permalink)
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:12 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth refocuses [...]

  130. S02E20 – The Final Phase – OGG LOW | Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo team says: (permalink)
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:12 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth refocuses [...]

  131. S02E20 – The Final Phase | Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo team says: (permalink)
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:13 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth refocuses [...]

  132. S02E20 – The Final Phase – MP3 HIGH | Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo team says: (permalink)
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:21 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth refocuses [...]

  133. S02E20 – The Final Phase – MP3 LOW | Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo team says: (permalink)
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:21 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth refocuses [...]

  134. Julian Kelsall-Joel says: (permalink)
    December 23rd, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Good luck in your new role – I am looking forward to seeing the results. Your work on Ubuntu has been and will continue to be an inspiration. Thank you for introducing me and millions of others to Linux. I am currently enjoying Moblin and Jaunty.

  135. Chris Crisafullii says: (permalink)
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record here, Awesome decision!! Two of the great leaders in open source have come to together in accord, to follow their passions! I don’t know if a wiser choice could possibly be made for the interest of both Canonical and the Ubuntu Project as a whole. Your passion of the Design and quality will only strengthen the momentum for Ubuntu on the Desktop. I also look forward to Jane’s new role within Canonical, she is a great leader and I look forward to Canonical’s future with her merited new role.

  136. Nicolas BONNICI says: (permalink)
    December 25th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I think that improve UI’s and make them more simple for users is the key for the next few years. Some web technologies can easily achieve this.

  137. mikodo says: (permalink)
    December 25th, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Hello Mark,

    Enjoy yourself, with the new direction/focus! Doing what you like and are good at, will only “push the envelope” Again; Enjoy yourself, Open Source/Free Software will benefit with you being unencumbered and “free thinking”. “Go to town, man”. Thanks!

  138. Mark Shuttleworth não é mais o CEO da Canonical « Pedro Lucas Porcellis says: (permalink)
    December 28th, 2009 at 4:01 am

    [...] o impacto que temos no código aberto e no mercado de tecnologia”, afirmou Shuttleworth em seu blog. Ele também disse que não consegue imaginar outros desafios tão interessantes quanto [...]

  139. WSmart says: (permalink)
    December 28th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Nothing says friendly Ubuntu like an ex-military ‘defense’ contractor, unless it’s the smiley faces painted on the bombs in Vietnam.

    Be real, be sober.

  140. The Top 9 Linux Stories in 2009 says: (permalink)
    December 31st, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    [...] 17 December 2009 Mark announced that, effective March of 2010, he would step down as CEO of Canonical to focus energy on product [...]

  141. gocho says: (permalink)
    January 2nd, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you for ubuntu!

  142. Chauncellor says: (permalink)
    January 3rd, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I’m so happy to have used Ubuntu during your tenure. You’re really an inspiration, and with projects like the Shuttleworth Foundation and your overall enthusiasm to help build a better future for ALL people, it’s impossible for anyone to ever call you up negatively.

    …Unless, of course, you get some overly active feminists misinterpreting what you say….

  143. Kelloggs says: (permalink)
    January 6th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Have much fun with your new tasks!

  144. החתול הטכני » Blog Archive » מחשבות שבועיות בקשר לאובונטו, כך סתם באמצע החיים says: (permalink)
    January 7th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    [...] לידיים של ג’יין סילבר מנהלת התפעול הראשי, רצתי לבלוג האישי שלו כדי לבדוק מה קורה. לא מכיר את הגברת למרות שהיא נמצאת שם [...]

  145. zimasa says: (permalink)
    January 9th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Hey mark I would just like to say good luck with everything. All those who matter to you are behind you all the way.

  146. zimasa says: (permalink)
    January 9th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Hey Mark I would just like to say good luck with everything. All those who matter to you are behind you all the way. Siyakhuthanda sikholelwa kuwe apha emzantsi ( we love and believe in you in south africa)

  147. zimasa says: (permalink)
    January 9th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Oh 1 more thing. Does this mean you will have time to come to the world cup? *smilling*

  148. Karim says: (permalink)
    January 12th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Have you ever think about a new business model for open source software to invove the contributor in the result…such as a cooperative? It fit to the spirit of sharing and collaboration of the community (ubuntu: I’m because you are, therefore we are :-))
    Regards, KSY

  149. Joseph Olstad says: (permalink)
    January 15th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    It’s a better world thanks to organizations like Canonical.

    I am user of Ubuntu.

    Thanks Mark and Jane, there’s many people supporting your efforts. Keep up the great work.

    Bravo et Merci Beaucoup!

  150. Andrew Fenn says: (permalink)
    January 15th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Glad to see that Canonical is getting bigger and more respect in the IT world. I hope you will remain focused on providing / marketing great open source products though because we need amazing people like you in our community.

    I’d be interested to know what other products you are focusing on. Perhaps that’s a time for a different blog post though.

  151. Arnab Das says: (permalink)
    January 15th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Good luck to Jane. Ubuntu is headed for some great achievements in the recent future, i can sense it! kudos to u guys.

  152. تنحي مارك شاتلوورث عن منصب رئيس شركة كونيكال  | اوبونتو بالعربي says: (permalink)
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    [...] معضمنا سمع بهذا الخبر حيث تم ذكره في الكثير من المواقع المهتمه بالتقنية، حيث ذكر مارك في مدونته الخاصه هذا الخبر [...]

  153. Mark Shuttleworth deja la presidencia de Canonical « Juan Pablo Alesandri–BLOG says: (permalink)
    January 18th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    [...] Fuente: Mark Shuttleworth [...]

  154. Jonah Beck says: (permalink)
    January 19th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Good call. Focus on the fun stuff :)

  155. Lesley Shipton says: (permalink)
    January 21st, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I think your new focus is great so good luck with it!

  156. Mitch says: (permalink)
    January 21st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Good news that you will have more time to “build better, more insightful products”.

    As I wrote to you in two letters in the past two years (unfortunately not answered), I have implemented a revolutionary user interface, based on new concepts and techniques, which is far away superior, from the user point of view, to anything else on the market.

    I can only hope that you will read my comment and you will have time to contact me.

    Regards,
    Mitch

  157. Ene Dene says: (permalink)
    January 26th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Mark, you have my respects whatever you choose to do. I only hope that you’ll not give up. Ubuntu CAN become a alternative with respectable market share on desktops (this one is particularly important) as well as servers, but it will take a long time, lot of work, lot of innovation, lot of marketing and better quality (stability). Since you have the right attitude the knowledge it is vital that people like you stay fighting hard.
    Everyone should contribute but the effect is not the same, the best I can do is to make few new installations of Ubuntu in my microenviroment and help some newbie on Ubuntu forums, people like you can do this on a much larger scale and produce new things, that’s why it’s vital that whatever you choose to do you have in mind how important for Linux world you are in respect of obtaining larger market share which is what most of us want.

  158. SGT B says: (permalink)
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Mark, I have been using Ubuntu since Dapper Drake, and have outlined reasons to switch for many of my friends and family. I’ve helped with around 15 installs, and once I got them past a few initial configuration hurdles, they are all still at it.
    I am overjoyed at this news and welcome the positive impact that your talent will no doubt bring to this, in my opinion, most beautiful, functional, and humanitarian operating system ever known. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. You’re fighting the good fight in a world full of corporate greed and I’m sure people will switch by the millions… if only they knew how easy it was (and powerful, of course, but most unfortunately won’t realize that potential). Kudos to the Nth.

  159. Walter says: (permalink)
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Mark I’ve never before felt compelled to criticise or comment on anything Canonical did with respect to Ubuntu, but the latest search page deal with Yahoo leaves me really worried. After the deal that Yahoo struck with MS with respect to search recently (as per here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8174763.stm), Yahoo it can be argued *is* essentially a front for MS’s Bing search engine, so any deal with Yahoo on search will be seen (arguably legitimately) as indirectly accepting MS money and helping Microsoft infiltrate Linux. Do not underestimate reactions such as here on groklaw: http://www.groklaw.net/comment.php?mode=display&sid=20100127022029404&title=ubuntu%20revenue%20yahoo%2Fms%20deal&type=article&order=&hideanonymous=0&pid=815574

    I’m not sure this move helps eradicate bug #1 to be honest. Tread carefully, for there in Yahoo land be dragons…

    “Concerned Ubuntu User”

    Mark Shuttleworth: It’s a fair comment and reasonable concern. The terms of our relationship with Yahoo give us flexibility as to whether they are the default search engine. Should we become uncomfortable with the way Yahoo handles the responsibility, we can change our position. For the moment, there are no indications of concerns beyond the fact that search is a very personal expression, and search history is sensitive, concerns which apply to any non-anonymized Internet search relationship.

  160. marcos says: (permalink)
    January 29th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    … outside someone says karmic was a flop, 6 months cycles a flop too, probably not the best moment to leave the chair?

  161. Thorne Olinger says: (permalink)
    January 31st, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Mark glad to see that you have focus and drive for ubuntu (the easiest Linux version I’ve used) But I would like to see is ubuntu home server on the LTS versions I have used WHS but to be Honest my whole house is ubuntu now versions 8.04.4 8.10 and 9.04 and I would like to see UHS as a option on 10.4 LTS it could be put in the install listing like the different servers are now e.g. web, file and samba I have posted this before on the forums but get very little feed back or direction on how to set it up on the server i have now. Yes I am a user not programmer I use the CLI all the time so if some body could or would I would like to know how to biuld this in the server version 8.04??? thank mark and all at Canonical/UBUNTU

  162. Leroy says: (permalink)
    January 31st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Hell have no fury like a Perfectionist who gets to the bottom of things.

  163. Thorne Olinger says: (permalink)
    January 31st, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Mark glad to see that you have focus and drive for ubuntu (the easiest Linux version I’ve used) But I would like to see is ubuntu home server on the LTS versions I have used WHS but to be Honest my whole house is ubuntu now versions 8.04.4 8.10 and 9.04 and I would like to see UHS as a option on 10.4 LTS it could be put in the install listing like the different servers are now e.g. web, file and samba I have posted this before on the forums but get very little feed back or direction on how to set it up on the server i have now. Yes I am a user not programmer I use the CLI all the time so if some body could or would I would like to know how to biuld this in the server version 8.04??? thank mark and all at Canonical/UBUNTU

  164. Todd Ouellette says: (permalink)
    February 4th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Hi Mark,

    I just received my Kubuntu 9.10 CD from Canonical, and I have to say that I am blown away!!! The KDE desktop crushes anything MS can come out with. I can’t believe how customizable it is.

    In order to switch from Windows, my main focus was…Can I do what I want to do, using Linux? For the first time the answer is yes!! (mostly multimedia stuff)

    What I would really like to see is a coming together of Ubuntu and Kubuntu. I really like KDE over Gnome, but the Ubuntu software centre is awesome. Finally, an easy way to install Linux software!! I wish you guys the best of luck.

  165. Sortsi says: (permalink)
    February 4th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Do you really use Ubuntu? :)

  166. Ankit Tulsyan says: (permalink)
    February 6th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Awesome work…rock on :)

  167. Matt Asay débarque chez Canonical – Philippe Scoffoni says: (permalink)
    February 7th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

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  168. Alexis says: (permalink)
    February 11th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I’m from Mexico. Sorry if my grammar is bad.

    Good luck Mark! Thank you for Ubuntu. I love it.

    I’m sure Jane Silber will be good as CEO.

    That’s all, good bye.

    THANKS MARK!!

    Ubuntu Forever!!!

  169. Mouahed Nahali says: (permalink)
    February 18th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    In many of the tests Ubuntu 9.10 had carried the lead Fedora 12 both by small and large margins — but the Karmic Koala had stumbled when it came to the OpenGL performance, PostgreSQL, and NASA NPB. Of those areas, the OpenGL performance is the most intriguing with such a dramatic difference when using the same exact graphics driver from NVIDIA, which we will continue to explore and run other OpenGL tests available through the Phoronix Test Suite. To reiterate, both Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 were left in their stock configurations during our testing process.

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    February 20th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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  171. Jako says: (permalink)
    February 20th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    What is the new light theme for Lucid? Is it Elementary or another one?

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    February 21st, 2010 at 5:46 pm

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  174. paul morrison says: (permalink)
    February 25th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Go Ubunto go, that’s a really good web serveur, Hello From France, Paul :)

  175. アメリカビザ says: (permalink)
    February 28th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Mark, it’s time for new updates on this. You haven’t posted much since December, 2009.

  176. Gaurish Sharma says: (permalink)
    March 1st, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I feel Ubuntu has lost its focus and quality of realease is not good. there are several bugs in ubuntu which are not fixed. I reported several bugs which are not even looked up, nobody replied.

    take launchpad bug tracker, there are bugs which have in [NEW] status for past many months and nobody cared to triage.

    please focus on improving quality of ubuntu, so ‘it just works’!
    instead of users banging their heads into the wall over annoying bugs

    Good Luck!

  177. bayrak says: (permalink)
    March 4th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Congratulations !
    Very very nice site
    Thank you.. =)

  178. Kazade says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Firstly, I want to thank you Mark for *all* of the work you and your team do. I use Ubuntu every day and it really has changed everything.

    I loved the new theme when it was announced, it was slick, cool, and beautiful. The only bad comments I have seen repeated over and over focus on the window buttons, but then we heard that this was just a personal preference set by the user who took the screenshots.

    But now it turns out that actually, the design team has reorganized the buttons *intentionally* by swapping minimize/maximize. Not only completely confusing and frustrating current Ubuntu users, but also users coming from both OSX and Windows. On top of that, it breaks many metacity themes designed for the “normal” ordering.

    Why?

    Why change it? Of all the things to reorganize why swap something so fundamental causing users to relearn with no obvious benefit? I’m not bothered about the position of the buttons, I can adjust to the left side pretty easily, but it’s much harder to relearn where to click. I can also edit gconf to reorganize it myself, but then the ordering ruins the beautiful new theme that your team has created.

    To be honest, after spending the last 24 hours ranting and raving to friends and family about how amazing 10.04 is gonna be, I’m gutted and disappointed, I hope that at least the ordering of minimize/maxmize is restored before final release, because it’s gonna be a pain when half the Ubuntu users continue to restore the functionality they are used to via gconf, and half the users learn to live the new ordering. :(

    Mark Shuttleworth: I’m supporting the design preference for the window controls on the left. It was not intended, however, that the switch should affect all themes. There are technical means for people to change the control position and order, too. We’ll leave the controls on the left for Radiance and Ambiance during the 10.04 Beta 1, and consider changing them based on how that goes.

  179. Mark Shuttleworth steps down as CEO of Ubuntu parent company, Canonical | Open Source Critic says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

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  180. haruspexed says: (permalink)
    March 9th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hi Mark, I feel a little wistful, like a father when his kids become grown and leave home for studies. I will miss the brown / orange, it has been part of my desktop life all the last years, same with the “we are one” (3 colors of logo / all human beeings). I still think orange/brown could become better than any mac design team ever could design a look ^^. Anyway the new design looks very grown. A new era. One step forward in lifetime :)

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