"Staring into an LCD screen for hours while hacking open-source
code ranks pretty low on the human intimacy scale. If leading
members of the Ubuntu community have their way, however, the
process of contributing to Ubuntu is set to become more "personal."
Here's their plan, and how it fits into the bigger picture.
"In a recent blog post, Ubuntu contributor and vocal community
leader Joco Bacon outlined an effort to graph the contributions of
developers who participate in the Ubuntu Sponsorship Process. The
result, illustrated in the graphic below, makes it easy to quantify
and visualize the work being put into the operating system by
"As Bacon explains, he and fellow Ubuntu developer Daniel
Holbach (not to be confused with the radical Enlightenment atheist
Baron d'Holbach) hope that a system like this will help foster a
more personal experience for programmers who work on Ubuntu"