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Mark Shuttleworth was in Beijing last week for Ubuntu’s official China launch. The event was overwhelmingly successful. However, the reason for the success is questionable, was it because Ubuntu, one of the top distros in the world, has really caught on in China, or was it simply because of its greatest benefactor?
I hate to draw similarities between Bill Gates and Mark Shuttleworth, but in China the younger generations, especially those just entering into the world of technology, know these names and equate them to one thing, success. Having made this point, I wonder if the filled to capacity auditorium last week was for Ubuntu, or just to be in the presence of success and wealth. I have made this point before and I will make it again, very few Chinese technologists are concerned with the type of technology they learn, they want to make sure to learnt the one that offers them the greatest chance to succeed.
Above is good news for Ubuntu, but now lets focus our attention to Canonical , the commercial arm of Ubuntu and the reason why Mark is in China.