Ubuntu founder predicts Linux dominance in devices

Led by embedded consumer electronics device deployments, Linux is on "a trajectory to be the emerging platform of choice," says Mark Shuttleworth in an interview. The Canonical founder discusses plans for a user-friendly version of the popular Ubuntu desktop OS just for mobile and embedded devices, among other topics.

Founder of the Ubuntu Project, South African-born Shuttleworth was recently re-elected as an individual representative to the LF board. In April 2002, he flew in space as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34 to the International Space Station.

Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux distribution currently maintained and distributed by Canonical, where Shuttleworth is still said to be an active member of the Technical Board and Community Council. Canonical is working on a project called Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded (UME), which intends to create a version of Ubuntu designed for Intel-based "mobile Internet devices" (MIDs).

The following are some excerpts from the interview, which is part of LF's Open Voices series: