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[News] Interview with Mark Shuttleworth Covers Future Plans

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'Linux is a platform for people, not just specialists'

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| In 1999, the South African-born Mark Shuttleworth sold his internet company, 
| Thawte, which provided digital certificates for websites, for more than $500m 
| (£254m). After spending $20m on a trip into space, he started the Ubuntu 
| project - named after an African word meaning "Humanity to others", or "I am 
| what I am because of who we all are" - which has since become the most 
| popular GNU/Linux distribution.     
| [...]
| TG: Will you be coming out with a tailored version of Ubuntu for the 
| ultraportable sector? 
| MS We're announcing it in the first week of June. It's called the Netbook 
| Remix. We're working with Intel, which produces chips custom-made for this 
| sector.  
| TG: Do you think that GNU/Linux will ever become a significant force on the 
| desktop? 
| MS I think that depends on how people define a desktop. If people continue to 
| define a desktop as the thing that they run Microsoft Word on, then Windows 
| will retain its position. My sense, though, is that people are increasingly 
| defining the desktop as the thing that they get access to the internet from. 
| In that case, there's a real possibility that we're able to shift people onto 
| different platforms. I think it's the emergence of the internet as the killer 
| application, the thing that describes what you want from the computer, that 
| opens the door to us.       
| TG: Recently you publicly criticised the ISO for the way the way it handled 
| the voting on Microsoft's OOXML; how seriously do you think ISO's credibility 
| has been damaged by that episode?  
| MS Very seriously [for] anybody who is passionate about open standards. The 
| ISO process has traditionally worked very well; it's quite an academic, 
| considered process, but it really wasn't designed to handle a case with very, 
| very vigorous corporate lobbying and an enormous amount of money being spent 
| to try to get a particular outcome. And with hindsight, there were a number 
| of very serious flaws in the process.     


MS = Mark Shuttleworth in the above.


Full Exclusive Mark Shuttleworth Video Interview Now Available


Spotlight on FOSS: An Interview with Mark Shuttleworth

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| Richard Stallman has agreed to be our next interview, although we had meet
| some conditions, which shouldn't surprise anyone that follows him. Stay tuned
| for more information on that interview, but feel free to contact us with
| questions you would like us to ask him.
| Because Richard Stallman played a significant role in the development of
| Emacs, we will be discussing Emacs as our Software Spotlight for that
| episode.



Shuttleworth: Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community

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| "That's extortion and we should call it what it is," he said. "To say, as
| [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer did, that there is undisclosed balance sheet
| liability, that's just extortion and we should refuse to get drawn into that
| game. On the other side, if Microsoft is concerned about its intellectual
| property, there is no one in the free software community that wants to
| violate anyone's IP. Disclose the patents and we'll fix the code.
| Alternatively, move on."      
| Microsoft has said it does disclose which patents are being violated, but
| only in one-on-one conversations with vendors. To Shuttleworth, that is not
| disclosure, because patents are public documents.  


[Mark Shuttleworth Interview]

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| Microsoft is asking people to pay them for patents, but they won't
| say which ones. If a guy walks into a shop and says: "It's an
| unsafe neighbourhood, why don't you pay me 20 bucks and I'll make
| sure you're okay," that's illegal. It's racketeering. What Microsoft
| is doing with intellectual property is exactly the same. It's a great
| company and I have great admiration for it, but this was not a
| well considered position.
| So you wouldn't do a deal?
| No, absolutely not. But the time will come when the folks at
| Microsoft who have a clear vision for the company as a participant
| in this community, rather than as a hostile antagonist, will win.


Linux Users Base More Than doubled Over Last One Year: Survey

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| The number of Linux users has more than doubled over the last one year, says
| a new survey by DesktopLinux.com. The survey also said Ubuntu remains their
| Linux distribution of choice.


Survey: Desktop Linux use grows

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| DesktopLinux.com, which is a Web site devoted to, obviously, desktop Linux,
| has finished a survey that found more than a doubling of Linux desktop users
| in the past year.


Desktop Linux on the Rise, Linux Foundation Reports

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| For starters, almost 20,000 self-selected users filled out this year's survey
| compared with fewer than 10,000 in 2006's survey.
| [...]
| In those businesses and organizations that have deployed Linux desktops, 39.5
| percent are running Linux on more than half of their machines.

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