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Respect is a Bi-Directional Proposition

Jono has written a very good post on his blog about respect in the community. I agree with the importance of respect in a community. It was also important to clarify that having different opinions or perspectives are not a sign of disrespect and are very important in a community even if consent cannot always be found. That is life, but not issuing different perspectives will disadvantage a community.

However, respect is a two-directional proposition. It is difficult to maintain respect, if every time there is a disagreement and passion creates tension, it is the fault of the community. In particular the vast differences in power create different points of breaking points and hence it sometimes may be far too easy to make comparisons on an equal level, or use objective tests to try to rationalise or use relativism. Pontifications of cult leaders rarely lead to respect, more often it is rather dissension or fear that are the result. This post is not supposed to in any way contradict the points Jono made in his blog post, but rather add another perspective to it.

What Does the B.C. Liberals Win Mean for the Canadian Political Landscape?

Surprisingly, after being more than 20 points behind the NDP, the B.C. Liberals did not only win another majority government, but in fact increased their majority in the provincial legislature. Pollsters had predicted with 90% and higher probability the opposite result.

It was not first election that yielded such results. The last elections in Alberta and Ontario, and even the last federal election were not very well predicted. However, what do these surprising results mean for Canadian politics in general?

Why is there this never ending discussion of what an Ubuntu team is?

For several years, Randall Ross has been now on the war path about the structure of Ubuntu LoCo teams.

However, everything that is raised in his post seems nothing more than a storm in the teapot.

Update about Brainstorm

As can be read from Jono's blog, Brainstorm has basically effectively been discontinued. It strikes odd, that this decision was made seemingly so rapidly, and it seems without a lot of community input, despite it was a community tool.

Of particular interest seems to be the reasons given for retiring this tool.

The Problem of Sunsetting Ubuntu Brainstorm

Yesterday, it has been suggested to sunset Ubuntu brainstorm. While the arguments on the surface make a lot of sense, a bigger problem seem to be not as much in the focus of the discussion as it maybe should be.

Ubuntu is in a tremendous danger of losing what is understood to be a "community" distribution. Well, community in the sense of a wider community that is substantially larger than Canonical (it can always be claimed Canonical as being a community :-))

No Upgrades from Precise Pangolin to Quantal Quetzal?

Interestingly, the last Ubuntu upgrade had an interesting side effect. Even while always upgrading with sudo do-release-upgrade for each consecutive release, the upgrade to Precise Pangolin has set the default for such upgrades to LTS only. So in order to upgrade to Quantal Quetzal, this setting must be reversed. In order to do so easily the setting for prompt in /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades must be changed from lts to normal

I am soo Tired of the Endless Desktop Flame Wars - Can we Please all Stop This?

Since the inception of Gnome, there seems to have been a never ending flame war about desktops in the FLOSS community. I am really getting tired of it, because it not only is boring, but also continuously diverts us from being productive.

During a presentation about the Ubuntu Canada LoCo, and an ensuing unconference session at a conference this weekend, valuable time that could have been used trying to discuss ways how the Ubuntu LoCo can be more effective to promote Ubuntu, was instead lost by arguments about Unity and its direction.

How foolish can the city councils in Toronto and Mississauga become?

In the last couple of days, the Cities of Mississauga and Toronto have passed by-laws banning the sale, possession and consumption of products containing shark fins. While the motivation to do something against the practices of obtaining these shark fins might be understandable, nevertheless, the behavior of the councillors passing such by laws can only be described as anti-democratic and childish.

Ubuntu-ca LoCo Project for Global Jam in September 2011

After having run several Ubuntu global jams in the last couple of years, I would like to try something new this year.

Global Jams so far have been a lot around bug triage and educating new members on how to get involved with the Ubuntu community, This year, I would like to start a development project that has the aim to create another tool that could allow more people to get involved with the community.

The Federal (Anti-) Election 2011 in Canada - Part 3 - The Personalities and Issues

As previously discussed in part 1 and part 2, the election was triggered by the fact that at the time there was a minority government and there was an ever increasing bitterness between the opposition parties and the government. This lead to a non-confidence motion by the opposition party which succeeded.

As previously mentioned, this series of article describes the current very confusing election of the Federal Parliament of Canada from the perspective of a recent immigrant to Canada. In this part, the leaders of the major parties and the issues discussed will be presented from the described perspective.

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