Mark Shuttleworth announced yesterday that he would be stepping down as CEO of Canonical, with Jane Silber, the current Chief Operating Officer, stepping in. The two quickly put to rest any concerns about the future of Ubuntu and Shuttleworth's continued funding of the company as needed, but didn't address official variants like Edubuntu.
For those of you who have used it, Edubuntu is an almost foolproof terminal server application, as well as a kid-friendly Linux distribution pre-loaded with a lot of educational software. This is not a distro that any educational open source advocates would like to see go by the wayside.
Fortunately, it sounds like Edubuntu isn't going anywhere and from school and user perspectives, not much will be changing with *buntu. According to Fabio Filho, Canonical's South American Business Manager and their OEM Manager South America and the US (and a key contributor to the Intel Classmate Ecosystem),
This is really pretty recent and, personally, I do believe is strategic in the matter of Mark ensuring that we drive proper business initiatives and him positioning himself effectively as a shareholder. He definitively will still have his fingers on all the matters.
Just for overall info, Jane Silber was the COO for a while and she really is Mark's right arm, so assuming this role was kind of expected.
In fact, with Shuttleworth being able to focus on development and community efforts, we just might see more rapid improvements in Edubuntu and other authorized variants. If this means that Canonical can grow rapidly as a business and bring its products to more people (including more strategic partners), then bring on the new CEO!