Mark Shuttleworth, Tim O'Reilly


Talking Ubuntu
17 minutes, 7.8mb, recorded 2007-07-25
Topics: Open Source
Mark Shuttleworth

When Mark Shuttleworth formed Ubuntu, he had something different in mind for the Linux desktop. Even the name for the new distribution demonstrated a new perspective. Ubuntu, which is an African word meaning 'I am what I am because of who we all are', brought the spirit of 'Humanity to others' to the software world.

By focusing on usability, frequent releases, international language support, and freedom, Ubuntu has grown into a large community of developers and users. This growth was celebrated in 2007, with the availability of the first ever Ubuntu Live conference in coordination with O'Reilly Media Group. The conference offered Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media, an opportunity to interview Mark. This session covers that interview and various topics, including why Ubuntu is winning, how to get people motivated, and why Ubuntu is in so many languages.


Mark Shuttleworth studied finance and information technology at the University of Cape Town, and went on to found Thawte, a company specializing in digital certificates and internet privacy. He sold Thawte to the U.S. company VeriSign in 1999, and founded HBD Venture Capital and The Shuttleworth Foundation. He moved to London in 2001, and began preparing for the First African in Space mission, training in Star City and Kazakhstan. In April 2002 Shuttleworth flew in space as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz Mission TM34 to the International Space Station. In early 2004 he founded the Ubuntu project, which aims to produce a free, high quality desktop OS for everyone.

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