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06 May 2011, 17:57

Canonical CTO leaves company

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Source: Simon Law (
Matt Zimmerman, Canonical’s CTO and founding member of the company and of Ubuntu Linux, is leaving Canonical in June saying "the time is right for me to move on from this role". In the official announcement he wrote of his "pleasure to work with so many talented, dedicated and fun people over the years" and his pride in the organisation's accomplishments.

He leaves the company just weeks after the release of Ubuntu 11.04, a release in which Canonical has stamped its own identity and design direction, in the form of Unity, on the Linux desktop. Zimmerman has, during his career at Canonical, defended the company's contributions to the Linux ecosystem from criticism.

Zimmerman will be attending next week’s Ubuntu Developer Summit in Budapest and says he intends to continue to participate in Ubuntu including serving on the Technical Board. On his personal blog he writes that he intends to continue his work with Debian and the DEX project and has accepted advisory positions with Ada Initiative and Freedom Box Foundation. Zimmerman says he will be moving back to the US and "starting a new job with a different type of company" and promises to say more about his professional plans soon.


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