Ubuntu Backer Is One Lucky Guy

Mark Shuttleworth says he's more lucky than smart, but his record says otherwise. He's a technologist, venture capitalist, social experimenter, philanthropist, and Russian-trained space traveler. Oh, and Mark Shuttleworth originated the world's fastest-growing Linux distribution, Ubuntu.

It began when Shuttleworth, while at Capetown University in South Africa, produced a Web server capable of issuing encrypted digital certificates for Netscape, which needed a supplier outside the United States, where PKI encryption was tied up in legal knots.