Ubuntu wins Best Distribution Award at the UK Linux & Open Source Awards on the 5th of October, along with a life-time award for Alan Cox, who was desperately needing one.
What do Africa, the ISS and VeriSign have in common?
The man behind Ubuntu, who by the way is trying very hard not to get filthy rich(er) from the whole thing, is Mark Shuttleworth. The same Mark who founded Thawte Consulting (only to sell it to VeriSign for $575 million USD). The same Mark who went to the International Space Station for a short 8 days holiday trip. And yes, he also started Ubuntu two years ago.
For those of you out there who still think “free software” is the same as “free beer”, remember Ubuntu is only alive after SABDFL donated $10 Million USD to the Ubuntu Foundation. (SABDFL is short for self-appointed benevolent dictator for life, apparently what developers call its founder, Mark, in a sweet kind of way. Hey, for $10mil, who wouldn’t?)Tags: Ideas, Programming