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. 
London, GB
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612 (est)
Canonical was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in London, GB
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Canonical Office Locations

Canonical has an office 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

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…

Adapting to tech’s cloud-native shift with Kubernetes, Ubuntu

The growing trend toward cloud-native programming is fundamentally changing the way applications are developed, integrating and automating pieces previously separated and delayed by disjointed manual processes. Adopting strategies to take advantage of more efficient development opportunities has bec…

Canonical simplifies Kubernetes to increase enterprise adoption

Best practices guide through the reference architectures should remove some of the pain and suffering from Kubernetes use. The post Canonical simplifies Kubernetes to increase enterprise adoption appeared first on Computer Business Review.

Is Ubuntu set to be the OS for Internet of Things?

With hardware prices falling, software could be the key to properly monetising the IoT, Canonical head tells ITProPortal.

IT as a Service: transforming the way companies do business

The transition to cloud computing is fundamentally changing the way companies view their IT organizations. No longer are IT departments tasked with merely maintaining the status quo in some obscure part of the office; IT leadership now takes a seat at the roundtable in shaping the future of a busine…

Boosting a revival for tinkerers in software startups

Back by popular demand, Canonical Ltd. Founder and Executive Chairman Mark Shuttleworth (pictured) returned to theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s roving news desk, to answer community questions regarding the business and monetization of open-source technologies in the enterprise. In a live interview from…
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