At Canonical, we believe in the power of open source to change the world

Canonical was created alongside Ubuntu to help it reach a wider market. Our services help governments and businesses the world over with migrations, management and support for their Ubuntu deployments. Together with our partners, we ensure that Ubuntu runs reliably on every platform from the PC and the smartphone to the server and, crucially, the cloud.

What we do

We work with our hardware partners to make Ubuntu available pre-installed on PCs in more than 3,000 retailers around the world.

We certify hundreds of PCs and servers from OEMs including Dell, HP and Lenovo, for use in the consumer and commercial sectors.

We make Ubuntu available on the world’s most popular public clouds, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud.

We build cloud data centres for some of the world’s biggest telecommunications providers.

We promote the use of open source in education, leading to large-scale desktop migrations covering hundreds of thousands of machines.

We provide 24/7 support for some of the most famous technology companies in the world, including Netflix, Bloomberg and Google.

We maintain a world class commercial partner network around Ubuntu, including leading names such as VMware and world-changing open source technologies like OpenStack.

Canonical and open source

We believe in the power of open source software; Ubuntu could not exist without its worldwide community of voluntary developers. We are committed to creating it, refining it, certifying it for reliability and promoting its use. As well as launching and running our own projects, we contribute staff, code and funding to many more.

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Our management team

Mark Shuttleworth
  • Mark Shuttleworth
  • Founder & CEO

Mark founded security specialist Thawte in 1996, and became the first South African in space when he flew to the ISS in 2002 on Soyuz TM-34. He founded Ubuntu and Canonical in 2004, combining responsibility for strategy and user experience at Canonical with roles on the Ubuntu Technical Board and Community Council.

Contributing to Ubuntu is a profession for some and a passion for others. Either way, it’s changing the world.

Neil French
  • Neil French
  • VP, Operations

Neil is responsible for all of Canonical’s internal operations. Before joining Canonical, he was the Director of Commercial Operations at Thomsons Online Benefits, the leading Software-as-a-Service provider for global employee benefits administration, and before that held business and product leadership roles at Epson, 3Com and Hewlett-Packard.

Canonical is perfectly positioned to drive key changes happening in the technology industry today. I’m excited to be supporting this talented team to achieve those goals and deliver excellent products and services to our customers and partners.

Neil French
  • Seb Butter
  • Finance Director

Seb is responsible for Canonical’s finance function. Before joining Canonical, he held Group Financial Controller positions at both Alternative Networks and Centaur Media. Seb also spent 10 years at Deloitte rising to the position of Senior Manager.

The opportunity to be a part of an organisation that supports both a world class community, and is at the forefront of software infrastructure commerce, was too much to resist. Helping the team further the Ubuntu footprint and its broad benefits continues to be exhilarating and demanding in equal measure.

Jane Silber
  • Jane Silber
  • Board Member

Jane is a board member of Canonical after holding leadership roles since 2004, including CEO. Prior to joining Canonical, Jane held various positions in business development, operations and software management at companies including Interactive Television Company and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

As Ubuntu becomes the open-source standard in so many markets, our portfolio continues to flourish. I can’t imagine a better place to work.

Where we are

London, United Kingdom

Canonical Group Limited
5th Floor, Blue Fin Building
110 Southwark Street
London, SE1 0SU
United Kingdom
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Austin, United States

Canonical USA Inc.
Link Flex
2301 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
United States of America
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Boston, United States

Canonical USA Inc.
18 Tremont Street
Suite 210
Boston, MA 02108
United States of America
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Shanghai, China

Room 1246, 12F
No. 331 North Caoxi Road
Shanghai 200031
上海市漕溪北路331号12楼1246室 200031
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Beijing, China

Unit 1118-19, Level 11, China World Office 1
1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Beijing P.R.C. 100004
北京市朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸写字楼1座11层1118-19室 100004
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Taipei, Taiwan

Canonical Limited Taiwan Branch
Room D, 46F,
No. 7, Xin Yi Rd., Sec.5,
Taipei 101
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Isle of Man

Canonical Limited
One Circular Road
Isle of Man
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Canonical Limited
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2-11-1 Nagata-cho
+81 3-6205-3075
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Customer enquiries

To talk to us about our management, consulting or support services, contact the sales team.

Partnering enquiries

To find out more about becoming a partner, contact the partnership team.

Media enquiries

Journalists and analysts seeking information should email us at

Telephone enquiries

Our main switchboard number is +44 20 7630 2400.

Further information

Community ›

There are many ways you can contribute to Ubuntu, either as an individual user or an organisation.

Canonical Blog ›

On the Canonical blog, you’ll find detailed analysis and personal viewpoints on Canonical announcements.

Contact us about services ›

Interested in Ubuntu Advantage? Talk to us about our management services and consultancy.

Contact us about partnerships ›

Interested in becoming a partner? Talk to us today for more information about our services and certification.

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