Canonical/Ubuntu CEO Mark Shuttleworth Visits Dell

Joe Panettieri, Former Editorial Director

September 25, 2009

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, sat for a video interview with Dell Cloud Computing Evangelist Barton George. In it, Shuttleworth takes a “service pack” shot at Windows 7 and covers numerous questions about Canonical’s business and cloud strategy. Here’s the video — plus some perspectives from WorksWithU.

The video, posted on George’s personal blog, covers such topics as: Dell and Ubuntu Moblin Remix; Shuttleworth’s Linuxcon keynote; release schedules; cloud-related goals for Ubuntu 9.10; perspectives on Windows 7 and Canonical’s march toward profitability. Here’s a look:

Perspectives From WorksWithU

It’s always good to see bloggers aking questions about Canonical’s potential march to profitability and business model. Shuttleworth dodges the question but at least George asked it. Frankly, WorksWithU itself has to do a better job asking financial questions about the companies we cover.

Also of note: Shuttleworth’s decision to visit Dell and be recorded on video should not be taken lightly. Dell’s U.S. team took some lumps in mid-2009 for failing to offer a PC desktop with Ubuntu pre-loaded. But the Dell Ubuntu Moblin Netbook Remix announcement coupled with Shuttleworth’s campus visit should put any concerns about the Canonical-Dell relationship to rest.

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Joe Panettieri

Former Editorial Director, Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media

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