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Mark Shuttleworth honoured in UK

September 29, 2008 • Software

markShuttleworth.jpgMajor IT publisher, CNET Networks UK, has named South Africa’s Mark Shuttleworth as the IT Community Hero of the Year in its sixth annual UK Business Technology Awards.

Shuttleworth was recognised for the support he had given to the community of developers working on the Ubuntu project and his commitment to a freely available operating system that can be used by anybody, anywhere in the world.

The judges in the awards said that Shuttleworth had “given great support to the community of developers working on the Ubuntu project, as well as being an active member himself.

“The project is dedicated to building and maintaining a freely available operating system that can be used by anybody, anywhere in the world. The desktop and server versions have grown in popularity, including within enterprises, and as a side-effect, the project has also spun off tools for developers, such as Launchpad, and has worked on desktop OSes tailored to particular needs, such as Edubuntu.”

Shuttleworth is the head of Canonical, the commercial company that backs Ubuntu development.

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