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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hill, Benjamin Mako. "Announcing Launch of ($10m) Ubuntu Foundation". ubuntu-announce (Mailing list). Retrieved August 31, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "New Ubuntu Foundation Announced". Canonical Ltd. Retrieved August 31, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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