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The Art Of Community

Today I am proud as punch to announce the Art Of Community. A while back I was approached by Andy Oram, a senior editor at O’Reilly to write a definitive book about how to grow, build and energise a community. This book will be called the Art Of Community. The book covers a wide range […]

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Good People. Great Teams.

A while back I asked you to all re-connect with the Ubuntu ethos. I asked for your stories of how you define your Ubuntu ethos, and there were some wonderful responses. Thank you everyone. Ethos is important. Critical in fact. It is the glue that will bind us through the turbulent years ahead as we […]

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Open Source and Open Learning

Years ago when I was at OpenAdvantage, I worked closely with a group called Access To Recycled Technology. Formed by two salt-of-the-earth students called Steve and Vinnie, they secured what they referred to as “access space” in Birmingham. It was basically a decent sized room that they used to fill with old, discarded computers. They […]

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The Unknown Life Of Józef

I just want to share with you all a little story that is both sad yet inspiring at the same time. Have any of you heard of Józef Stawinoga? No? Thought not. On the Wolverhampton ring road there used to be a tent erected on a grass verge between two lanes. Although few knew anything […]

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The Ubuntu Ethos

I love working with the Ubuntu community. I love the opportunities, challenges and people that occupy it. Each day is filled with a diverse tapestry of challenges, be it growing new teams, refining governance, developing strategy, or simply chewing the fat with Ubuntu and upstream contributors from around the world. No day is ever the […]

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Sneaky Education And The Desktop

When I was a kid, I owned a Sega Megadrive (Sega Genesis for my American friends). I spent hours on that thing. Sonic The Hedgehog. Streets Of Rage. Desert Strike. Toejam And Earl. I loved it. One game that was released was Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? Back then it was marketed as […]

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Governments And Free Content Policies

A nice little story for those of you who may have missed it. Last week Larry Lessig blogged about how the new site for Obama included the following at the bottom of the page: CONTENT COPYRIGHT © 2008. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Larry pointed to Chris Messina’s post asking why a Creative Commons license was […]

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Money. Stability?

Something struck me yesterday, while Firefox 3 was throwing a hissy fit. Is there some kind of correlation between the amount of money invested in a project or product and instability? I know this sounds like a bit of a negative question, and I don’t mean to rag on the Firefox folks, but it seems […]

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The Flow Of Ideas

I have been thinking a lot recently about the flow of ideas in and around Open Source projects. A few days ago I asked for feedback about how we can better structure interaction ideas. The blog entry gathered some great feedback: thanks to everyone who contributed. With this work I am keen to understand the […]

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Desktop Shells, Usability and Trackers. Oh My.

A while back, I read with great interest Vincent’s blog entry. I also heard from my fellow Canonicalites about the progress made the GNOME hackfest. I am rather interested in the opportunities before us with the GNOME platform and a new approach to the shell, so when I read Owen’s update I may have actually […]

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