Shuttleworth on Red Hat, Impi, HBD, and Gnome v KDE

Posted by nselby on Jun 9, 2006 9:03 PM EDT
The 451 Group CAOS service; By Nick Selby
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In the last of a three-part analytical series, Canonical CEO and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group on the different approaches and business models of Canonical and Red Hat.

"We certainly have benefited by taking a quite open and generous view in terms of intellectual property," Shuttleworth said, "and in the way we organize and control our infrastructure by relinquishing a certain amount of control over exactly what goes in, what doesn't, and when it ships and so on. By acknowledging that we are part of a broader community, we get a lot more willingness from people who want to join that community and jump in and contribute their ideas and their work."

Shuttleworth also discusses the geographical appeal of professional services based on Ubuntu and investments by his venture capital fund HBD Ventures. And he puts to rest speculation about his choice of desktops, weighing in on the latest rumor in the Gnome vs. KDE debate: that Shuttleworth has switched to KDE.

Read all Mark Shuttleworth's comments, along with analysis and insights from 451 analysts, at

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