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Shuttleworth To Step Down As Canonical CEO In 2010 163

Posted by timothy
from the orderly-transition dept.
LinuxScribe writes "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 horizon. Silber's official blog and Linux.com each have more details on how the change will be implemented."
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Shuttleworth To Step Down As Canonical CEO In 2010

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  • Thank you (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Saija (1114681) on Thursday December 17, 2009 @04:56PM (#30478912) Journal
    Mark for making possible a linux distro usable, friendly, and gather mainstream and users around the world, but i wonder if the poor quality of the late ubuntu incarnations(karmic, jaunty and that PulseAudio affair, i'm looking at you!) was something Mark was responsible(of some sorts), or at least, know of it, and i'm saying this as a former Ubuntu lover, i just loved and liked to polish, tune and debug to some extents some issues with this distro, but the adittion of that PulseAudio and the almost impossible task of remove it for the system make me switch, now i'm a OpenSuse user and i liked, now i can listen to amarok and youtube videos at the same time without the need to kill -9 some of them.
    Again, thank you very much Mark for the past 3 years and i hope your new roles make this great distro return to his old quality.
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  • Re:Thanks Mark (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 17, 2009 @06:07PM (#30480052)
    so again because you can compile all the shit you need to make Debian run like a champ means ubuntu sucks? not buying it. thats wonderful that you are that good with linux, but most people arent. Ubuntu works great for most people, i rarely hear anyone complaining about it except people like you who want credit for using debian and being smarter than all the morons using the only user friendly distro. call me a noob all you want, i like that i can pop a Linux Mint CD into a new piece of hardware and have it just work.
  • Good (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Norsefire (1494323) on Thursday December 17, 2009 @06:48PM (#30480652) Journal
    Shuttleworth is one of the biggest problems with Ubuntu. His focus on "usability" has left the OS in complete disarray; while the developers are busy fixing 100 little papercuts they're shipping a release with broken DNS resolving [launchpad.net]. What is less user-friendly: a poorly labeled checkbox in the installation screen or "breaking the internet"? Canonical and Ubuntu were good in the beginning, they righted the wrongs of Debian, brought Linux closer to the desktop and then threw all that away with some really bad decisions (update notifier popup, software update policy, shipping releases with very serious bugs). Hopefully with someone new in charge Ubuntu can try and become what it used to be, given that Shuttleworth's hubris seems to be the most major bug in Ubuntu at the moment.
  • Re:Thanks Mark (Score:4, Interesting)

    by JSG (82708) on Thursday December 17, 2009 @07:34PM (#30481132) Homepage

    Nonsense. This is the state of IT. A machine needs configuring. Just works - pah, it does not happen because no application can "just work" for everyone.

    I'm happy with my WiFi config - I just edit /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf and add another stanza (I use Gentoo) but I'm also happy with the Network Manager way of doing things - [K]Ubuntu, *SuSE et al. You have the choice but it still needs configuring. On Windows, you have a fight between the OS management or the rather large vendor provided widget - hillarious.

    Package management - I can't describe any package manager as brain dead. They all work pretty well. I like Portage but I also have to wedge on eix to make it usable. I have used rug 'n' zypper and various other RPM based things and they work. *buntu seems to also just work as well. So what is the problem? If you don't like a package manager then don't use it. I don't like MSI or indeed any Windows package manager and hence I don't use them, except under duress 8)

    I like choice.

    "1) know what you are doing" - if you don't then you should stick to crayons.
    "2) have time to read docs..." - go on a course or read up on it - you can't use the Force with any application, regardless of OS or complexity. You need to learn about it somehow.

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