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Free Art of Community Book For Approved Ubuntu LoCo Teams

Recently I announced my brand spanking new book The Art of Community and so far the reception has been fantastic! Thanks to everyone who has been spreading the news about the book – continue to do your good thang! Well, I am a firm believer that you should look after your own family, and I […]

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Ubuntu Global Jam IRC Meeting: Be There Or Be Square

Just a quick reminder to everyone: we will be having an Ubuntu Global Jam IRC meeting on Thu 20th Aug at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 7pm UK / 8pm Europe. It will take place in #ubuntu-meeting on In the meeting I am keen to talk about: Ideas to encourage more LoCo teams […]

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The Art of Community Now Available

After months of writing, editing, copy-editing, reviews and production, I am pleased to announce the general availability of The Art of Community! The book is printed and on its way to bookstores – it may take a few days for it to hit your local bookstore or regional online store. This is a book that […]

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Ubuntu Developer Week Announced!

I am pleased that Ubuntu Developer Week is now announced and ready for the masses. The glorious week of Ubuntu development tutorials and sharing of know-how happens from Monday, 31st August 2009 to Friday, 4th September 2009. You can see the timetable for the week here. You can also go and download our new snazzy […]

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Reporting Ubuntu Community Problems

Recently I have been thinking a lot about how we can refine and improve how we report problems and issues in the Ubuntu community. I shared some thoughts about this a little while back and I have been talking with many people inside the Ubuntu community, at the Community Leadership Summit, and with our Community […]

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Not Going to Ohio Linux Fest Despite It Rocking Hard

Last year I keynoted Ohio Linux Fest. For a number of years I had been building up to going along, but every time I was set to make plans another commitment got in the way of going. I talked about this in my new book: Like many folks, I have had the good fortune and […]

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Old Face Rubbish. New Face Required.

Now for a matter of national security. I got an email today saying: As I read your blog posts on, my view of your words is colored by your angry faced hackergotchi. I would love to see the happier side of the Ubuntu Community Manager. I am a pretty happy fella, but you know […]

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Community Council: Why I Chose Not To Stand

Recently I had an interesting decision to consider. In an email to the Community Council, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of the Ubuntu project nominated me for a seat on the Community Council, one of our two top-level governance boards, the other being the Ubuntu Technical Board. I was copied into an email from Mark last […]

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Gran Canaria Desktop Summit Thoughts

A little while back I spent some time in beautiful Gran Canaria at the inaugural Gran Canaria Desktop Summit. This was the first event of its kind to bring together developers from the two major desktops, KDE and GNOME. As the event progressed I was asking how people felt the event went, whether it was […]

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Change For Change

Today I have a little story followed by an idea that I want to share with you all. A few weeks back I stepped out to go and grab a coffee. I headed over to my local independent coffee shop where I get on well with the owners. Like many small businesses, they have been […]

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