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Ubuntu and the importance of community

Aug 11, 2010, 07:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Walker)

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"Ubuntu and community have largely become two words that are known to work well together. The Ubuntu community comprises a large group of individuals from many backgrounds, not just the stereotypical bearded geek. With such a vast and diverse group of people, there has to be some form of governance. While this largely meritocracy-based control, where individuals are empowered based on their proven contributions, isn't there to dictate what community members should be doing, it is there to try to organise what individuals would like to offer and how best they can go about that. It is also a support mechanism and network for all Ubuntu enthusiasts.

"With Ubuntu's inception, organisation and governance was a concern, and a 'Community Council' was formed to try to help guide the community. The Community Council is currently made up of eight people, six of whom do not work for Canonical and the eighth member is Mark Shuttleworth. This is interesting for community empowerment, but is also a reflection on how crucial Mark sees the community for Ubuntu's success."

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