"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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