"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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