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Jun 25, 2010, 12:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Your editor had the pleasure of giving a keynote talk at the 2010 LinuxTag, immediately prior to Mark Shuttleworth's keynote - a position described by more than one person as being Mark's warmup act. That role must have been successfully carried out; Mark's talk was, indeed, well received from the start. Topics ranged from the familiar (cadence) to issues like quality, with a look at upcoming Ubuntu design features as well.

"Mark described his (and Ubuntu's) job as taking the great work done by the development community and getting it out there where people can use it. There has been a lot of progress on the development front, resulting in a great deal of top-quality software. But that's not where the job stops; getting that software to users, Mark says, is "a whole new level of awesome." Achieving this new level is his objective.

""Cadence" - the regularity and frequency of releases - has been one of Mark's talking points for a while. The conclusion that he has come to is that releases are important, they have value in and of themselves. It is, he says, more important to get a release out than to have any specific feature included in the release.

"Why is that? Releases draw attention to the project and generate enthusiasm among users. Releases also can help to keep the entire community busy..."

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