Home opinion-and-analysis Open Sauce Canonical CTO Zimmerman to quit

Author's Opinion

The views in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of iTWire.

Have your say and comment below.

Canonical chief technical officer Matt Zimmerman is leaving the company after seven years in the job.


His departure comes a little less than two years after he publicly accused his boss, Mark Shuttleworth, of making sexist remarks in a keynote speech at a conference.

Zimmerman is apparently looking for "new challenges" and to "stretch myself in new ways" after joining Canonical as part of the team that started the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution in 2004.

He intends to remain on the technical board of Ubuntu. Recently he rejoined Debian as a fulltime developer and intends to continue in that role as well.

Zimmerman has also been in involved in the Ada Initiative (which aims to increase the participation of women in free and open source software), and the FreedomBox Foundation (that intends to provide free software to run on a personal server aimed at preserving privacy) in an advisory role and intends to continue with those organisations as well.

"I'll be moving back to the US, closer to old friends and family, and starting a new job with a different type of company," Zimmerman wrote on his personal blog.

"I am leaving behind a capable and dedicated team at Canonical, who I am confident will achieve even greater things in the years to come."

Last month, Ubuntu released version 11.04, a release that incorporates new technologies like the Unity desktop and the Wayland server.

FREE WHITEPAPER - REMOTE SUPPORT TRENDS FOR 2015

Does your remote support strategy keep you and your CEO awake at night?

Today’s remote support solutions offer much more than just remote control for PCs. Their functional footprint is expanding to include support for more devices and richer analytics for trend analysis and supervisor dashboards.

It is imperative that service executives acquaint themselves with the new features and capabilities being introduced by leading remote support platforms and find ways to leverage the capabilities beyond technical support.

Field services, education services, professional services, and managed services are all increasing adoption of these tools to boost productivity and avoid on-site visits.

Which product is easiest to deploy, has the best maintenance mode capabilities, the best mobile access and custom reporting, dynamic thresholds setting, and enhanced discovery capabilities?

To find out all you need to know about using remote support to improve your bottom line, download this FREE Whitepaper.

DOWNLOAD!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Connect