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?
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?