December 18, 2009, 8:44 am
Most people were caught by surprise yesterday when Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, the company that backs-up Ubuntu, stepped down as the Linux company’s CEO. But after I thought about it for a bit, the move made perfect sense to me and for where I believe Shuttleworth wants to take Ubuntu.
First: Shuttleworth is a really bright guy. He’s so bright, in fact, that he realizes his limitations. While Shuttleworth is a great startup company guy — he made his fortune by starting and then selling Thawte, an Internet security company — and he knows technology, he’s come to the conclusion that he’s not the right guy to be the CEO of a maturing company.