Good times, Ubuntu people

I am tickled pink to see the announcement of the next version of Ubuntu from Mark, and tickled pink for a few reasons:

  • Firstly, this release will kick off a new incarnation of Ubuntu that is free in the freest sense – if it ain’t completely, totally, definitively free, it ain’t in there. Over the past six months I have had many conversations about freedom with many different community and upstream members, and it is clear in my mind that freedom really is defined differently by everyone – we all prioritise and demand freedom in different ways. To have Ubuntu support the purest definition of freedom is a great thing. This means we all get the Ubuntu love irrespective of the level of freedom that we demand. This has to be a good thing. :)
  • Secondly, this is another opportunity for us to define what we want the next version of Ubuntu to do. I have my own personal favorites, top of the list being incredible projector support for when I am on the road doing talks, but do get involved with the project and help make Gutsy (the codename of the next release) a really incredible Operating System.

On the subject of releases, I have been thinking recently about my work in the Ubuntu community, and as many of you will know, I am always keen to have an open and transparent process, and always keen to get feedback. As such, at the end of every release cycle I am going to ask you all to send me feedback about my work in the community. I am your community manager, and I am keen to learn how I can improve my work, what I am doing right and wrong, and where we can grow and improve the community.

To get this feedback I plan on setting up an anonymous feedback form, but this may need to wait till the next release due to time constraints, so for now, send me email to jono AT ubuntu DOT com and let me know your thoughts. I am interested in clear and frank feedback about both the good and the bad things, and then I can always aim to be hitting the targets while I conduct my work. :)

  • JM Ibanez

    I’d go off and suggest the new XRandR1.2-supporting video drivers for the new X server be included Feisty+1, considering that a) it’s a godsend for use with projectors, and b) it’ll most likely be ready by then. I’ve been using the git Intel driver (xf86-video-i810-modesetting in universe is outdated, btw), and it’s been awesome.

    BTW, the various desktops must be “fixed” to properly take the new XRandR 1.2 on-the-fly reconfiguration of the screen. Should also be on Feisty+1, IMHO, as well as a nifty applet for turning on the other displays via XRandR 1.2.

  • JGJones

    I’m with you – automatically detecting a new display and configuring display drivers to take advantage including correct resolution and refresh rate where possible or come up with a configuration prompt to set it – like you say, a godsend for projectors etc.

    My main wishlist is also better laptop support – it’s not always quite that simple to find out exactly what do I need hardware-wise to slap into a laptop to have all features working such as suspend/sleep etc (ie mimic Apple’s sleep feature). Laptop support is a must since laptop sales are growing all the time.

    Desktop-wise it’s just about perfect and any improvement just make it better. I know when Ubuntu is doing well when I look at my 7 years old son…using Windows in school…recently started using my desktop PC for the first time so I assigned him his own username.

    Few days later I find him playing various games on it, surfing various websites and know what to do to what he need…and I’ve never told him how to use Ubuntu. He tells me that it is much easier to use. (The school use Windows XP by the way)

  • Mathew

    I would also like to see Ubuntu’s support for projectors. great idea.