Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman gets seven-year itch

Matt Zimmerman is stepping down from his role as Canonical CTO after seven years.


Matt Zimmerman is stepping down from his role as Canonical CTO after seven years.

Zimmerman will formally leave the company on 1 June, but promises to remain involved with open source and Ubuntu.

“I intend to remain involved in the Ubuntu community, retaining my elected position on the governing Technical Board, and perhaps to make the occasional technical contribution as a volunteer,” Zimmerman stated on a blog post announcing his decision to move on.

Zimmerman helped turn Ubuntu into one of the most powerful Linux distributions and in his valedictory message, he sang the praises of the team he worked with and the benefits of open source. “It has been my privilege to have played a part in creating Ubuntu and Canonical. It has been a pleasure to work with so many talented, dedicated and fun people over the years.

“I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together: bringing free software to people, places and organisations which have derived so much benefit from it.

“The Ubuntu engineering organisation, which we call Platform, is a highly capable and motivated team, the best I’ve ever worked with in my career. Building and leading this team has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me. I have every confidence in their ability to support Canonical’s mission in the years to come, and I’m excited to see how they will surprise me in the future.”

Zimmerman made the announcement shortly after the launch of a new version of the Ubuntu desktop OS, Ubuntu 11.04, codenamed Natty Narwhal, with distinct editions for desktops, servers and netbooks.

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