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The future of Ubuntu

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THE TechCentral Web site recently ran a Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth, head honcho at Canonical and the man behind Ubuntu Linux. The interview was insightful, because Shuttleworth talked, not only about the future of Ubuntu, but also tackled the state of tablet computing as well as the dangers of software patents.

Amid the backdrop of a flurry of patent lawsuits involving mobile phone software from Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung and HTC, Shuttleworth argues that the legal tool originally designed to encourage technology transfer isn’t working the way it should.

“The patent system is... sold as a way of giving the little guy an opportunity to create something big … when in fact patents don’t really work that way at all,” he says.

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