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You like to type, so please explain. And by explain, I mean what is your interest in "Who does he have direct hiring/firing authority over?". Why do you care?
Shuttleworth stepping down as Canonical CEO
Posted Dec 20, 2009 14:30 UTC (Sun) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
Jeff has got some kind of OCD, which causes him to comment on every canonical story, and often drag Canonical into comments on completely unrelated stories. Guaranteed that, for any Canonical story on LWN, at least 1/4, if not 1/2, of the comments will be from Jeff (I exaggerate somewhat, but only sligthly). His modus operandi is to ask questions, the answers to which Jeff believes are uncomfortable to Canonical.
While many no doubt respect Jeff for the energy he has put into Fedora, it is quite sad to see him also invest energy in this troll-bot-like behaviour.
It's also sad hence these meta-Jeff-OCD sub-threads arise here on LWN, of which this is not the first (and I'm sure there are many more). None of which have ever caused Jeff to usefully change his behaviour, even though they led him to somewhat acknowledge acknowledged the trollish nature of his behaviour.
Paul "When will LWN give us that jspaleta filter?" Jakma
Posted Dec 20, 2009 23:10 UTC (Sun) by deepfire (subscriber, #26138)
As much as in any forum, most comments on LWN are, quite frankly, noise; which is arguably a fundamental property of any news-related public communication channels. LWN is really different from most, because of its higher-than-average SNR, but there's so much to it.
Now, I find that Jef's contributions are never trivial or maliciously false, and that really makes it up for me.
I don't really understand people who seem to get touchy about his topic choices -- it's really up to him as to what to talk about, as long as he stays honest. And, as of yet, I don't have any reasons to doubt his honesty.
regards, Samium Gromoff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 9:05 UTC (Tue) by firstname.lastname@example.org (subscriber, #14112)
Posted Dec 20, 2009 23:03 UTC (Sun) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
I simply want to understanding why is this newsworthy. If Shuttleworth still has all the authority he did as CEO now that he's sitting outside the organization chart structure why is this worth broadcasting? What authority does Silber really have that Shuttleworth can't unilaterally veto?
Does Silber have the authority as CEO to court additional venture capital resources broadening the pool of financial interests diluting Shuttleworth's personal control? I could imagine Google or even Dell wanting to buy a stake in Canonical in exchange for having a stronger say in setting the roadmap for the company.
Posted Dec 23, 2009 20:31 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
in practice it's a very different matter. nobody is going to remain as CEO if they have the company owner/board of directors meddling in the running of the company.
this does get 'interesting' when a person is both the owner, and holds a position in the company other than CEO, but such things get worked out.
so this could mean absolutly nothing if shuttleworth wants it to mean nothing, and the new CEO is willing to go along with him, or it could mean exactly what it claims to mean, namely that Mark is stepping aside to put someone in the CEO position that he thinks will be better for the company than he would be (and it doesn't matter if that's because they will do a better job as CEO, or just free him up to work on other things)
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