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May 2013

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 :-))