Just to correct a misunderstanding in the article regarding the Ubuntu Technical Board. A year ago, the board decided to place all of its seats up for reconsideration and placed an open call for nominations. Developers were free to both nominate themselves and to nominate others they would like to have seen stand:
The existent Technical Board at that point, including Mark, selected candidates from those nominations; in practice we received few enough nominations that we were able to place the majority on the ballot. This ballot included a non-Canonical member.
The current Technical Board was chosen by condorcet voting amongst the developers.
It's unfortunate that the board is all-Canonical and we'd certainly love to have non-Canonical members of the board as we have in the past (Matthew Garrett was a long-standing independent member).