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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.

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.

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.

Ubuntu Natty Release Party in Kitchener-Waterloo on Saturday, 30 April 2011

It is almost the time again. Less than on week left for the newest Ubuntu release. As every year, lots of work has been put into the release. Not only directly by the Ubuntu community, but also by the Debian community and all the upstream projects.

Pirate Party wins debate in Kitchener Waterloo

Apparently the Pirate Party in Canada is on its way to achieve similar popularity, especially among young voters as it has become normal in Europe. In a debate for the federal election in Canada's premiere research and technology, Kitchener-Waterloo, the home of RIM's blackberry, according to this survey, the local pirate party candidate won.

Drupal Q&A site at

Drupal has now its own Q&A site at Stackexchange. Currently, the site has just reached its public beta stage.


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