Archive › September, 2010

Hiding In Plain Sight: On Being More Transparent

One of the most elemental components of Open Source and thriving community is transparency. We depend on and define transparency as a high priority so that the community feels engaged and informed as it grows, reacts, and nurtures new challenges. Transparency though is not a single construct; you can’t look it up in the dictionary […]

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Severed Fifth’s ‘Nightmares By Design’ Release Date Set

As some of you will know, I have a Free Culture metal band called Severed Fifth, and recently I have been working hard recording the new album, titled Nightmares By Design. Well, I am pleased to announce that the new album will be released on Mon 11th October 2010 (the day after the Ubuntu 10.10 […]

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Taking a Step Back With Fresh Eyes

Scale is an interesting thing. It affects all kinds of things. Companies grow and don’t seem quite the same as they used to. Bands make it big and then they disappear up their own arses. Restaurants get popular and the food often starts to go downhill. One way or another, it seems that the old […]

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Announcing the Ubuntu Application Review Process

Are you an application developer who would like to see your application appear in the Ubuntu Software Center and available by millions of Ubuntu users? Today we are announcing a new process we are trialing which is easier and more accessible for application authors to get their apps in Ubuntu. Recently we formed a community-driven […]

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Rally For Sanity

This is awesome: The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c

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Fixing Community Processes

Recently a few people have shared stories with me about how they have run up against processes that felt too complex or overly formal, processes that they feel have got in the way of the just do it philosophy that runs deep in the Free Software culture. My view has always been pretty simple here: […]

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Four Years And The Chasm

This month marks my four year anniversary at Canonical. What a four years at has been. I traditionally write up a little retrospective each year, but or some reason ‘four years’ feels a tad more special than usual, and I am not really sure why. Maybe it’s because great things come in fours. Well, Megadeth […]

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Rest Well, My Friend

It was with great sadness that I read earlier that my friend and colleague Ian Clatworthy passed away after his fight with cancer. Although I never knew Ian that well, whenever I did work and spend time with him I always found him to be a fun, light-hearted, and always pleasant person to be around. […]

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