Mark Shuttleworth

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Mark Shuttleworth in 2006

Mark Richard Shuttleworth (born 18 September 1973) is a South African-British entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Canonical, the company behind the development of the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. In 2002, Shuttleworth became the first South African to travel to space as a space tourist, and indeed the first African from an independent country to travel to space.


  • A big part of willpower is having something to aspire to, something to live for.
  • Computer is not a device anymore. It is an extension of your mind and your gateway to other people.
  • There are many examples of companies and countries that have improved their competitiveness and efficiency by adopting open source strategies. The creation of skills through all levels is of fundamental importance to both companies and countries.
  • In the early days of the DCC I preferred to let the proponents do their thing and then see how it all worked out in the end. Now we are pretty close to the end.
  • I urge telecommunications regulators to develop a commercial strategy for delivering effective access to the continent.
    • Otter, Alastair (2006-02-24). "Shuttleworth urges telecoms reform". Tectonic (South Africa). Retrieved on 2011-09-11. "Shuttleworth, who was speaking during the opening of the Idlelo2 conference in Nairobi, Kenya …" 

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