CANONICAL'S CEO Mark Shuttleworth is stepping down. The company, which created the Debian based Linux distro Ubuntu, has appointed COO Jane Silber to fill the CEO position, the company announced.
Shuttleworth will not be leaving the company, but taking on a role similar to Bill Gates' in his last years at Microsoft. Shuttleworth said his new position will let him enjoy what he likes doing most at the company and, considering his criticism about the lack of focus in Linux development, it seems like the job should suit him.
Lest we forget, Canonical's business is not just Ubuntu. The distribution itself makes hardly any money. It's just that Ubuntu is the company's best-known product. Canonical had recently jumped onto the cloud computing bandwagon and launched the Ubuntu One project, which offers subscription based online storage, syncing with Ubuntu and filesharing, and that's the part of Canonical's business that the now soon-to-be former CEO has said he plans to work with, along with its partners and major customers.
Shuttleworth did not explain his reasons for making the move, except that it will enable him to dedicate more of his time to his areas of interest - “product design, partnerships and customers.”
Oddly enough, incoming CEO Silber was known for her work with partners and customers, much the same as Shuttleworth plans to start doing now, so this actually has a rather 'role-reversal' ring to it. µ