Is Shuttleworth's head in the clouds?

OSTatic has a re-cap of a much longer interview with Mark Shuttleworth over at TechCentral.  They talk to him a lot about his thoughts on the Cloud and Mobile.  It's a great insight into Canonical plans for the future which not surprisingly includes Mobile.  The actual interview give Mr. Shuttleworth the chance to explain the thoughts behind the Unity decision and give great insight into where he plans to take the company.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.

Will the addition of proprietary software in distros hurt free software?

I found an interesting article today on the Linux Magazine site.  Christopher Smart talks about proprietary software being offered by Canonical, and utilizing it within Ubuntu.  This article point brings to light some very good questions and I am sure can be seen by both sides.  Those who are die hard, free software evangelists will not care for what Canonical is trying to accomplish.  While those who feel that proprietary software does have a place in Linux, will be opening their wallets to install software like Photoshop right into their distros.

Give the article a read and let us know how you feel.  Are you on the side of keeping all software within your distro open and free, or will you be installing some proprietary applications into your distro?