Ubuntu Foundation

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Ubuntu Foundation
Founded July 1, 2005 (2005-07-01)[1]
Founder Mark Shuttleworth and Canonical Ltd.[1]
Key people
Mark Shuttleworth, Benjamin Mako Hill,[2] Colin Watson, James Troup[1]

The Ubuntu Foundation is a purpose trust founded by South African Mark Shuttleworth and Canonical Ltd. to ensure the long-term maintenance of the Ubuntu Linux distribution independently of the commercial activities of Canonical Ltd. Its initial funding commitment is $10M.[1][3]

Its current advisory board is made up of chairman Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical Ltd., and representatives of the Ubuntu Community Council and the Ubuntu Technical Board.[1][3]

Although it was originally announced that the Ubuntu Foundation would employ core members of the Ubuntu community[3] as of 2008, the Foundation remains dormant. Mark Shuttleworth describes it as an "emergency fund" in the event that Canonical's involvement in the Ubuntu project ends.


  1. ^ a b c d e Hill, Benjamin Mako. "Announcing Launch of ($10m) Ubuntu Foundation". ubuntu-announce (Mailing list). Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Advisory Board". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 7 March 2013. Benjamin Mako Hill … is on the boards of Software Freedom International, the Free Software Foundation, and the Ubuntu Foundation. 
  3. ^ a b c "New Ubuntu Foundation Announced". Canonical Ltd. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 

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