Ubuntu’s founder joins the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation was founded in January 2007 when the two leading non-profit groups supporting Linux, Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG), joined forces. By uniting their efforts, the groups hoped to further their goals of supporting and standardizing Linux. Shuttleworth believes that the new organization is off to a good start in reaching those goals.
“I’m very impressed with the results of the early work being done at the new Linux Foundation,” Shuttleworth said. “I think it’s a credit to the folks who set up the new entity that they have been able to narrow the focus substantially and get buy-in from all the major players on the goals for 2007.”
Shuttleworth says this is why he has “accepted a seat on the board of the Linux Foundation, not in my capacity as founder of Ubuntu or via Canonical” (Shuttleworth’s company, which supports Ubuntu), “but as an independent representative of the free software and Linux community.”
While Shuttleworth is “not a great fan of consortia,” he “agreed to take on this role because I think the management have a mandate [from the backers] to deliver something that’s really important for free software — an open process of standardization that delivers results in competitive time frames. I’ll do my best to help them achieve that.”