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Canonical's mission is to make open source software available to people everywhere.



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Southwark, London


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18% female employees

16% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Canonical

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Theo Margolius

COO of Otta

Canonical originally started as a company to help distribute Ubuntu (an operating system based on Linux). It is now a leader in delivering open source to the world quickly, securely and cost effectively.

With a community of 200,000, they publish an operating system which runs from the tiny connected devices up to the world's biggest mainframes, the platform that everybody uses on the public cloud, and the workstation experience of the world's most productive developers. Just some of its partners include Microsoft, HP, Dell, aws, and Intel.

The founder has highlighted that Canonical's biggest challenge at the moment is that demand is bigger than the company’s ability to service it. Originally a not-for-profit, Canonical is now monetising and is planning to go public. It also recently announced that its product Ubuntu has a comprehensive subscription version called Ubuntu Pro, likely to aid monetising efforts.

Company benefits

  • Work from home opportunities
  • Health insurance
  • Learning and personal professional development budget
  • Annual compensation review
  • Recognition rewards
  • Annual leave
  • Generous parental leave
  • Priority Pass for travel

Company values

  • Truly distributed: Exceptional, self-motivated, organised and passionate people deserve the freedom to live where they want. Our teams travel regularly to meet colleagues and customers.
  • Best in class: We rate top for Linux security. We run more hosts, more workloads and more devices than anybody else, because we strive to do everything insightfully, properly, fairly, and openly
  • Enterprise focused: The world is moving to Ubuntu – open source that's faster, cheaper and better. Empower engineers, secure precious data, share knowledge and lead the change


Serial entrepreneur. Previously founded Thawte Consulting (sold to VeriSign for $575m)

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