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Moving on from Canonical (but not from Ubuntu)

This June, soon after my seventh anniversary with Canonical, I will finish my job as Ubuntu CTO at Canonical. You can read my official announcement on the Canonical blog.

It’s sometimes hard to believe that it’s been that long since we first envisioned a Linux desktop “for human beings”. When I look at how far we’ve come, at the difference we’ve made to so many people, it’s easy to see how the time passed so quickly.

It’s been an incredible experience for me to play a part in building Ubuntu and Canonical. Whether building a decentralized company of hundreds of people, to a global community project of tens of thousands of members, I’m grateful for all of the learning opportunities along the way. It has been a privilege to work with so many brilliant, passionate and thoughtful people under such auspicious circumstances. There is much I will miss, and I have many memories to enjoy, from all-night global hacking sessions driving toward a ship date, to casual singing and playing music at our many face-to-face events

Nonetheless, it is time for me to seek out new challenges and stretch myself in new ways. 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. 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.

I will remain active in the free software community as a volunteer. I intend to continue to participate in Ubuntu, and to serve on the Technical Board. I will also be continuing my work with Debian and the DEX project. This year, I’ve accepted advisory positions with the Ada Initiative and the Freedom Box Foundation, and will continue to support those organizations and their missions.

I’ll be in Budapest at the Ubuntu Developer Summit for the next week, and look forward to seeing my friends in Canonical and the Ubuntu community.

I’ll have more to say soon about what I’ll be doing next professionally. Watch this space for updates!


Written by Matt Zimmerman

May 6, 2011 at 07:51

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  1. You’ve been rocking in this position, thanks for this! Now, I’m eager to learn about your next adventure :-)

    Vincent Untz

    May 6, 2011 at 08:56

  2. It’s hard to see great people move on, but one has to at times. I wish you the best, wherever life takes you.


    May 6, 2011 at 08:58

  3. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you over the past 5 years. I wish you the best of luck in your new venture. Are you heading back to Maryland?


    May 6, 2011 at 09:38

  4. Best of luck and thanks for all the fish :)


    May 6, 2011 at 09:43

  5. I’m looking forward to hearing what you are going to work on next!


    May 6, 2011 at 13:42

  6. Good luck Matt and thanks for your work, especially about apport; its always a pleasure to read your posts.


    May 6, 2011 at 14:21

  7. Thanks for your mentorship over the years, I am glad you’ll still be around in the project.

    Looks like we’ll have to have one more round of American Pie on Friday!


    May 6, 2011 at 16:00

  8. Good luck Matt, pop by for tea if ever your in Boston.

    Martin Owens

    May 6, 2011 at 17:21

    • Boston tea party hosted by an Englishman so many jokes :)

      Shane Fagan

      May 6, 2011 at 18:01

  9. Good luck Matt, all the best in what you are doing

    Shane Fagan

    May 6, 2011 at 18:01

  10. I will miss your excellent blog posts about everyday life.
    If you continue posting about stuff like that i might have to add your blog to my rss reader.
    All the best.


    May 6, 2011 at 18:16

  11. Best wishes on future endeavors! See you at UDS :)

    Elizabeth Krumbach

    May 6, 2011 at 19:29

  12. All the best for the future, Matt. It has been a pleasure working for you, and thanks for all the guidance and mentorship you provided to help me be better at managing my team too. Your contributions to Canonical and Ubuntu are significant, and we are thankful. I am sure you will do a wonderful job in your next position.

    I look forward one final bombastic rendition of American Pie at UDS. :-)

    Jono Bacon

    May 6, 2011 at 19:34

  13. Sad to see you go, you are one of the good guys. Hope you have lots of fun and success on whatever you take on!

    Jonathan Carter

    May 6, 2011 at 20:48

  14. I’m sure that Canonical will miss you immensely. You have been an influential and inspirational leader over the years. Thank you.

    I very much hope that Debian and Ubuntu will continue to benefit from your insight, and I wish you very well in your future.

    Matthew East

    May 6, 2011 at 20:58

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