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, IBM, Rackspace, Windows Azure and HP 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

Jane Silber

Jane Silber

Chief Executive Officer

Jane has over 20 years’ experience in business development, operations and software management. Before becoming Canonical’s CEO in 2010, Jane held VP roles at Canonical, Interactive Television Company and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

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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.

Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth


Mark founded security specialist Thawte before selling the company to VeriSign in 1999. In 2004, he founded Ubuntu and Canonical, combining responsibility for strategy and user experience at Canonical with roles on the Ubuntu Technical Board and Community Council.

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

Rick Spencer

Rick Spencer

VP, Ubuntu Engineering

Rick leads the team responsible for Canonical’s numerous engineering contributions to Ubuntu. Before joining the company, he spent many years in software development, including almost a decade in developer experience and management roles at Microsoft.

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Through a unique combination of stellar people, engaged community, strong principles, and ever improving technology, I believe Ubuntu will make the world a better place.

Robbie Williamson

Robbie Williamson

VP, Cloud Development and Operations

Robbie leads our Cloud and DevOps engineering efforts, plus a world-class operations team delivering services to the company, our customers and the Ubuntu community. Before Canonical, Robbie held several managerial positions within IBM's Linux Technology Center.

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Everything we do reflects our ability to be progressive in thought, innovative in design, adroit in delivery, and disruptive in the markets we target.

Chris Kenyon

Chris Kenyon

SVP, Cloud Sales and Business Development

Chris is responsible for the commercial success of Ubuntu in both public and private cloud. He is responsible for Canonical’s direct and channel business around Ubuntu Openstack as well as Canonical’s global partnerships with the likes of IBM, HP, Cisco, Dell, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure.

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Ubuntu is born of the cloud — Both the industry standard for Ubuntu Openstack and the world’s leading cloud guest. We help companies get the most from it.

Cristian Parrino

Cristian Parrino

VP, Mobile and Online Services

Cristian leads Canonical’s mobile strategy for Ubuntu — including engagements with mobile operators, device manufacturers, and the applications ecosystem worldwide. With 15 years’ tech startup experience, he has founded and advised a number of online businesses and also held exec roles at two BT Technology Lab spin-outs.

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Being at Canonical allows you to work with an extremely talented team to develop a sector-defining product — it’s very exciting.

Jon Melamut

Jon Melamut

VP, OEM and Engineering Services

Jon leads the field engineering and business development teams that work with our partners to bring Ubuntu to market. Before joining Canonical, Jon held senior roles with industry leaders including Adobe, IBM and Lotus Development.

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I love helping enterprises reach their true potential with open source software.

Steve George

Steve George

VP, Operations

Steve is responsible for all of Canonical’s internal operations. Before joining Canonical, he ran the strategy and operations team at Clara, a leading UK hosting company and, before that, he held several leadership roles at VIA Networks.

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Canonical is doing something genuinely ground-breaking. It can make a difference for millions of people.

Where we are

We have staff in over 30 countries and offices in seven locations.

London, United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom

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

Boston, United States

Canonical USA Inc.
Suite 212 Lexington Corporate Center
10 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421
United States of America
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Shanghai, China

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

Beijing, China

Room 17- 01Z, Floor B17, 101 Nei, Floor 3- 24
No. 3, Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing P.R.C. 100027
北京市朝阳区新源南路3号- 3至24层101内B17层17- 01Z室 100027
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Taipei, Taiwan

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

Isle of Man

Canonical Limited
One Circular Road
Isle of Man
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Contact us

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

Telephone enquiries

Our main switchboard number is +44 20 7630 2400.

Further information

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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.