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Inside Shuttleworth’s big smartphone bet

Inside Shuttleworth’s big smartphone bet

South African billionaire, Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth, revealed on Monday that his company, Canonical, wants to raise US$32m by means of crowdfunding to build a mobile phone called the Ubuntu Edge that will have the computing clout to serve as a desktop replacement. But if

Where are SA’s next mavericks?

Where are SA’s next mavericks?

Mark Shuttleworth certainly isn’t afraid of taking the proverbial bull by the horns. After selling his South African Internet security business Thawte for US$575m at the height of the dot-com bubble, spending $20m and a year in training to become the first South African in space, and launching an operating system

Shuttleworth sets sights on smartphones

Shuttleworth sets sights on smartphones

Mark Shuttleworth, the South African billionaire who sold his young, Cape Town-based start-up Thawte Consulting to VeriSign for US$575m and who then went on to spearhead the creation of the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, has now set his sights on shaking up the global smartphone business. Shuttleworth

Ubuntu Linux coming to phones, tablets

Ubuntu Linux, the free and open-source operating system, will power tablet computers, cellular phones, TVs and smart screens in cars and elsewhere, Mark Shuttleworth, the South African behind the software announced in a blog post on Monday. The software will support

Mark Shuttleworth on patents, tablets and the future of Ubuntu

TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod caught up with Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Ubuntu Linux, on Thursday and asked him about the future of Linux, patent battles in the software industry, his views on Apple and his future plans

Mark Shuttleworth scores big in Fundamo deal

Barely a decade after he sold his Cape Town Internet security business Thawte Consulting to the US’s Verisign for US$575m, software billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has hit pay dirt again in this week’s acquisition by Visa of local mobile

Vodacom’s Linkbook Linux netbook reviewed

For years, Nicholas Negroponte, chairman emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, punted the idea of a US$100 laptop. His idea was that a low-cost machine, ruggedised for conditions in the developing world, would transform education in poorer countries by putting computing and information in the hands of millions of children for the […]

Shuttleworth to step down as CEO of Ubuntu’s Canonical

SA’s Mark Shuttleworth has decided to step down as CEO of Canonical, the corporate sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Shuttleworth says in a post on his blog, published on Thursday, that chief operating officer Jane Silber will take over as CEO from March. Shuttleworth says he will continue to be actively involved with […]

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