The unedited version of the interview with Mark Shuttleworth.
Mark was born and raised in South Africa, and studied finance and
information technology at the University of Cape Town. He went on to found
Thawte, a company specialising in digital certificates and internet privacy,
developed using Open Source software. He sold Thawte to the American company
VeriSign in 1999, and founded HBD Venture Capital and The Shuttleworth
Foundation. In April 2002 Mark became the first African in space, as a cosmonaut
member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34 to the International Space Station.
Mark maintains that 'If we are to lift Africa from her current circumstances,
we will need a generation of learners that are gifted with curiosity about
the world in which they live, and the tools to understand and shape that world'.
With this in mind he and his Foundation have invested in projects such as
TuxLabs, HIP2B2, The School Tool Project (to develop a common global school
administration infrastructure that is freely available under an Open Source
licence)and The Ubuntu Project, a community project with participation from
many volunteers, sponsored by Canonical Ltd.
Interviewed by Marc Chase