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Shuttleworth Steps Down, Silber Steps Up

  • December 17, 2009
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

"It's certainly true that Jane has a stronger commercial [background] and [is a] more experienced enterprise leader and will bring a new discipline and positive emphasis to aspects of the operations," Shuttleworth said. "[She] and I have always had two different styles to the leadership and I think it appropriate that we have that more commercial focus at the top."

For her part, Silber said that things are changing already within Canonical as a result of where they are with the business.

"As Canonical grows, there is an increased focus on the viability of the company and the financial results," she said. "But that doesn't translate into a change in strategy of how we go about doing it."

Canonical currently generates revenues from commercial support for its Ubuntu Linux distribution. The most recent release was dubbed Karmic Koala, which came out at the end of October.

Canonical is also ramping up its cloud services and appliance business, as well as commercial support for its http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3852546Bazaar version control system.

Shuttleworth noted that the margins are improving in the growing server-support business, though Canonical overall still has some work to do.

"We are not profitable, but we continue to believe we're on the right trajectory for that," Shuttleworth said. "We set out to be a platform company, and it takes time to build a track record, especially in the platform markets."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, covering Linux and open source, application development and networking. Story courtesy of Internetnews

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