Mark Shuttleworth wins Wimbledon?

Mark Shuttleworth and Roger Federer bear an uncanny resemblance to each other. Perhaps they're the same person?

Roger Shuttleworth?
On Sunday I tried calling Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, to warn him that Google was going to announce a competitor to Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Alas, he wasn't answering.

Turning to the sports news, I understood why:

Shuttleworth, masquerading as Roger Federer, had just beaten Andy Roddick to win Wimbledon and beat his own record for most Grand Slam singles titles in men's tennis history.

Not bad for a computer geek.

Shuttleworth was, of course, the first African in space, but it's nice to see him getting some exercise and devoting himself to terrestrial pursuits from time to time.

Of course, it's possible that the whole Ubuntu thing is actually Federer's claim to fame. Perhaps Federer is the real open-source geek-cum-tennis pro while Shuttleworth is the sham?

Mark Federer?
Think I'm making this up? Well, consider: when was the last time you saw the two together? You haven't, right?

Neither have I. Whenever Federer and I hang out, Shuttleworth is always curiously absent, yet shows up soon after Federer leaves.

Some people think Roger Federer and Mark Shuttleworth simply look like each other. But I'm not fooled. I know the truth.

They're one and the same.

Or maybe they're twin brothers separated at birth.


Follow me on Twitter @mjasay. But notice the timestamps: you'll never find me Twittering at the same time as Richard Stallman. Coincidence?

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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