Hmm I'm not allowed to care about Canonical if I'm not an ubuntu member? That's a very interesting thesis.
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.