I just heard the news from Mark’s own blog, he’s shifting from Canonical CEO to a more focused Steve Jobsian roll for Ubuntu. In his place will step Jane Silber.
I had the good fortune of working with Jane briefly on Ubuntu One, and she struck me as very capable and strong. An excellent choice to move the business forwards, to handle the day to day money making.
I don’t think anyone is particularly surprised that Mark wants to take a more hands on roll with the technical and design direction of Ubuntu, his very active participation in the Ayatana mailing list should have given a hint where the passion was. I figure that the day to day operations of Canonical were just getting in the way of the fun stuff.
I offer my congratulations and best of look to everyone.