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.