At Canonical we develop Ubuntu, the world’s most popular free operating system. Ubuntu is an African word that means 'humanity to others'. We chose it because it embodies the generosity of the community in driving Ubuntu's development, and the open source model that’s delivered it to millions of users around the world. Together, we're building an operating system that runs across phones and tablets, TV, desktop and cloud. It's secure and reliable, elegant and intuitive, and open for innovation. Ubuntu is the future of open source, but it's easy to use today. We're best known for our desktop operating system, used by over 20 million people, but Ubuntu Touch brings the intuitive user experience to smartphones, and is now available as a developer preview. And our cloud suite offers a clean, repeatable and manageable stack for anyone deploying private or public clouds. Our business model is unlike any other. As the sponsor of Ubuntu, we’re uniquely positioned to offer custom engineering, support and training, helping companies to reduce costs and improve efficiency. These optional services generate revenues we reinvest in developing Ubuntu. We have always been dedicated to creating and supporting Ubuntu, and making it available to everyone. 
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London, GB
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606 (est)
Canonical was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in London, GB
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Canonical Office Locations

Canonical has offices in London, Lexington, Douglas, Beijing and in 4 other locations
London, GB (HQ)
5th Floor, Blue Fin Building 110 Southwark Street
Beijing, CN
Room 17- 01Z, Floor B17, 101 Nei, Floor 3- 24 No. 3, Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District
Shanghai, CN
Room 1246, 12F No. 331 North Caoxi Road
Douglas, IM
One Circular Road
Minato, JP
Canonical Limited Level 21, Shiodome Shibarikyu Building 1-2-3 Kalgan
Taipei, TW
Room D, 46F, No. 7, Xin Yi Rd., Sec.5,
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Canonical Financials and Metrics

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Canonical Financials

Canonical's revenue was reported to be £63.60 m in FY, 2015 which is a 24.7% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2015)

63.6 m

Revenue growth (FY, 2014 - FY, 2015), %


Gross profit (FY, 2015)

61.2 m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2015), %

GBPFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015


41.1 m51 m63.6 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

3.2 m2.8 m2.4 m

Gross profit

37.9 m48.2 m61.2 m
GBPY, 2015


103.7 k
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Canonical News and Updates

Canonical finds hidden crypto-miners in the Linux Snap app store

Last Friday, Canonical, the developer of the popular Ubuntu operating system and owner of the Snapcraft app store, spotted one application surreptitiously mining cryptocurrencies in the background. In the blog post announcing the incident, Canonical deliberately avoided naming the app or the publish…

Ubuntu’s Latest “Bionic Beaver” OS Impresses with Range of New Features

The latest OS has a raft of new AI, cloud, security features The post Ubuntu’s Latest “Bionic Beaver” OS Impresses with Range of New Features appeared first on Computer Business Review.

Ubuntu Touch lives again on the upcoming crowdfunded Purism Librem 5 smartphone

One of the most interesting upcoming smartphones is Purism’s Librem 5. This crowdfunded device, which is expected to land early next year, emphasizes privacy above all else. For starters, it runs totally open-source software. Forget iOS and Android, with its proprietary binary blobs: every bit and b…

Future AI may hallucinate and get depressed — just like the rest of us

Scientists believe the introduction of a hormone-like system, such as the one found in the human brain, could give AI the ability to reason and make decisions like people do. Recent research indicates human emotion, to a certain extent, is the byproduct of learning. And that means machines may have …

The evolution of IT infrastructure – from mainframe to server-less

Advances in computer technology and the advent of cloud computing have changed the way organisations function.

AWS, Canonical help power self-driving cars, retailers and more

Digital transformation is sweeping every industry, and the broad accessibility enabled by the cloud allows products and businesses — ranging from self-driving vehicles to nationwide retail — to innovate at light speed. To help these companies thrive in the cloud, Amazon Web Services Inc. offers ente…
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