Two Years Going Strong

Two years ago today I came to work at Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager. When I started at Canonical, it was just me working with Mark to define my role and focus and to determine what I wanted to do to help grow and facilitate our stunning community. Since then I have become part of the wider Ubuntu team at Canonical, and I have grown out my own team with my fellow horsemen Daniel Holbach and Jorge Castro. I am looking forward to continuing to grow the team and continuing to help our community to do amazing things.

Canonical is a fun and inspiring place to work, and it has a very distinctive atmosphere; an atmosphere that is driven by a workforce that has the bit between their teeth to get out there and really make a difference. With today marking my two year anniversary it has got my mind thinking about the incredibly smart people that I have the pleasure of working with each and every day. Firstly, this obviously includes Daniel Holbach and Jorge Castro – not only great staff, but my brothers in our Ubuntu journey, plus our close brothers in arms Graham Binns and Pedro Villavicencio Garrido. I also want to send props to the main man himself, Mark Shuttleworth, my immediate peers with Matt Zimmerman, Scott James Remnant, Colin Watson, Rick Clark, David Mandala, Pete Graner, Henrik Nilson Omma and the various people I have worked with closely at Canonical (including, but not limited to) – Malcolm Yates, Ben Collins, Steve George, Kat Kinnie, Michelle Surtees-Myers, Billy Cina, Cezzaine Haigh, Claire Newman, Gerry Carr, Jane Silber, James Westby, Matt Nuzum, Magdalena Lobodziec, Sebastien Bacher, Kenneth Wimer, James Troup, Chris Jones, Brian Murray, Claire Davis, Randy Linnell, Ted Gould, Mirco Muller, Chris Cheney, Alexander Sack and many more.

Of course, Canonical employees are only a fraction of my colleagues; they are augmented by our incredible community…a community that is brimming with the same kind of enthusiasm, excitement and commitment to the crusade, and our community is doing great. We are nailing bugs with 5-A-Day, getting more and more participants on Ubuntu Open Week and Ubuntu Develop Week, our LoCo teams are now 170+, MOTU is growing every month, and our UDSs are becoming breeding grounds for great contributors. I am also incredibly happy that Ubuntu is still fun – when producing an Operating System as large and well known as Ubuntu, there is a risk of us getting wrapped up in the less interesting side of popularity, but from what I can tell, we are all still having a blast. :)

I am hugely proud of our community, I am hugely proud of Canonical, and I am hugely proud to be both a member and employee. Here’s to another two years, and lets just see what is possible… :)

  • Luis

    Now maybe its time to start working upstream and beeing more open.

    Ubuntu does not work as it should with upstream. I’ve updated several po files on gnome-svn and Ubuntu is still shipping a bug we corrected 2,5 years ago and outdated translations. Thanks to launchpad translation teams you are making people waste time on double work…

    C’mon… its not that hard.

  • Martijn

    Two years already? Congratulations :)

  • Gabe

    Wow! I remember the post announcing your new position with Canonical. You’re doing great!

  • zander

    Three cheers for “community”!

    1. Community!
    2. Community!
    3. Community!
  • Roy Schestowitz

    Here’s to 10!

  • matthew

    Congrats, dude!

  • John


    How about publishing some real stats like Fedora does about numbers of downloads, contributors, etc? I’ve heard you and Mark S speak on several occasions in glowing terms about how well everything is going, but there are never any hard numbers.

  • Wayne

    Congratulations! Your work is appreciated and I hope you will continue to make Ubuntu better. Thanks.

  • mdz

    I think the past two years have flown by even quicker than the previous two. Wow!

  • David Thomas

    The community is why I like Ubuntu, the community is what sets Ubuntu apart in a crowded Linux landscape. You’re a big part of what makes the community work.

    Thanks, Jono

  • guy lafleur

    Saw this on

    “Great maybe someone there can ask someone at Canonical waht the bloody hell is the snag with the Ubuntu on Mini 9 netbook because they are blowing it.

    They had a year to do a customization and they missed the launch and the back to school period and Acer cut their prices the same week.

    No mention of Ubuntu on the Dell Mini 9 on the Dell sites in Germany, UK, France, Canada. Not a word.

    the US site has a pre-order for Linux which they call Ubuntu a Mini-OS (!!) and they offered to you an UPGRADE to real OS like XP.

    so far, not impressed by dell and no one media has bothered asking Canonical/DEll why.”

    i’ve read this EXACT comment dozens of times on Engadget, Gizmodo, Linux Outlaws forums, those netbooks sites like liliputing, and,…

    it ranges from Microsoft pressure to Canonical blew it (many blame Canonical for the delay) but all the points above are valid. no mention of the words Ubuntu or Linux on any other site than the american one where they of course drop nuggets like mini-os and upgrade to XP.

    nice partners you got there.