Canonical CEO dishes out tough love to Ubuntu developers

Canonical CEO dishes out tough love to Ubuntu developers
“We’ve shifted the gear to leadership rather than integration,” is part of Mark Shuttleworth’s message to the Ubuntu community as a whole.

After months of no activity on his official blog, Canonical’s CEO posted a long dissertation about the current state of affairs in the Ubuntu developer community, addressing and refuting a lot of criticisms that have been thrown in Canonical’s general direction.

Mr. Shuttleworth made it clear the era of the “rolling release,” popular with user community was not helping the effort, “A rolling release isn’t actually a release at all. It offers little certainty for those who need certainty.” However, the issue is being discussed amongst the teams and encouraged users to join the discussion.

Also mentioned was what Shuttleworth called “melodrama” and gave the developers some tough love, “The sky is not falling in. Really.” He further praised the talent and commitment of the group and pointed out that everyone has a say. However, he also asserted the Canonical’s contribution has been massive while also dismissing claims that the company “gets what it wants more than anybody else.”

The combination of Canonical and the community is Ubuntu’s strength. Shuttleworth further added that he has zero interest in the "1337" crowd and mocked the notion of, “Linux is supposed to be hard so it’s exclusive” as the dumbest thing a smart person could say. In short, Shuttleworth pointed out that Canonical shifted to a point of leadership because of the heavy lifting it has been doing, in large part to the benefit of everyone.

“If you’ve done what you want for Ubuntu, then move on. That’s normal – there’s no need to poison the well behind you just because you want to try something else…If we work hard, and work together, Ubuntu will become a widespread platform for phones, tablets and PCs. You’ll have the satisfaction of designing, building and fixing tools that are used every day by millions of people.”

source: Mark Shuttleworth via The Register



1. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

You guys are trying phone and mobile OS, that is good but you guys should really update your Desktop Ubuntu because the 12.10 release is just not good enough, it is slow, buggy, Unity interface crashes in 12.10 please release a fix for that version because 12.04 is so fluid but the 12.10 just is more like a downgrade. I liked the concept of integrating webapps like facebook, youtube and many others in the OS, that is good but of no use if the distro is slow, also some things with the unity interface 1. I should be able to minimize an app just by clicking the icon on the application bar, n ot everytime going to the minimize button, there is no way to do that in ubuntu 12.10 2. The right click should perform like other distros, that is click should be triggered after we release the click, but in ubuntu as soon as the click is held it triggers the right click, i had the habit of scrolling with using chrometouch app in chrome which help me scroll using mouse clicks, I used right click for holding and scrolling but now i cannot hold as the right click gets triggered as soon as i right click so that should be fixes 3. Ubuntu 12.10 is slow, infact very slow. I ran ubuntu 12.04 which worked smoothly in my laptop but with 12.10 with he same hardware it is just unstable, crashes anytime, starts eating random resources and just so buggy. Please fix these issues on desktop and many more but these are some which bothers me most in the newest release of Ubuntu which was supposed to be the greatest Release but infact it isn't

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

How much has Canonical given back to LINUX?

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