Canonical joins the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation has welcomed new member Canonical, commercial sponsors of Ubuntu Linux. Canonical was formed by Mark Shuttleworth, the space tourist billionaire, and sells support and services for Ubuntu Linux. Matt Zimmerman, Canonical CTO said "We’ve always seen the Linux Foundation’s value and are pleased to now become an official member and support its activities".
The Linux Foundation is a non profit organisation which sponsors the work of Linus Torvalds and seeks to promote and protect Linux with the resources needed to allow it to compete with closed platforms. Ubuntu community members have been active participants in a number of Linux Foundation work groups. Linux Foundation's executive director Jim Zemlin, who recently talked with Heise online UK, called Canonical "an important new member" and said "Matt and his team have created an exciting distribution that has taken the world by storm."