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Canonical Hires Matt Asay As Chief Operating Officer

I must concede: Sometimes I worry Canonical is trying to do too much too soon with Ubuntu. From mobile devices all the way to enterprise servers and cloud computing, founder Mark Shuttleworth has big aspirations for Ubuntu. There are times when I think Canonical is stretched too thin on multiple fronts. But just when I get really worried, the company makes a major move that impresses me. A case in point: Open source expert Matt Asay has joined Canonical as chief operating officer. It’s a big move for Canonical, Ubuntu and Asay. Here’s why.

Asay arrives at a critical time in Canonical’s history. The company is transitioning the CEO role from Mark Shuttleworth to Jane Silber. A major product launch (Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx) seek to push Canonical much deeper in the business market, from mobile devices to cloud computing. And Canonical continues to launch and build new new services like Landesk and Ubuntu One.

So why do I worry? When I speak with Canonical insiders, I sometimes sense the enormity of the challenges they’re facing. Different product groups are working toward different goals. Somebody has to coordinate all those efforts. That’s where Silber and Asay enter the picture.

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