Jane Silber Interview
Feb 03, 2010, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I noticed in the announcement made on Dec 17th, on the
Canonical Blog, when asked about "How will this impact Mark's role
on the Ubuntu Community Council and the Ubuntu Technical Board?"
you stated, "One thing this move will bring about is a clearer
separation of the role of CEO of Canonical and the leader of the
Ubuntu community. It will be two different people now, which I
think will be helpful in both achieving their joint and individual
goals more quickly." Can you elaborate on what those joint goals of
Canonical and Ubuntu are and what the individual goals are besides
the obvious commercial differences?
"JS: Canonical and Ubuntu have many common goals. First among
those is to make Ubuntu the most widely adopted free software
platform, and Canonical invests heavily in the development and
marketing of Ubuntu to make that happen. Elsewhere, the goals
diverge in places where something is of less interest or less
suited to one than the other, rather than the goals being in
conflict. For example, Canonical has a large team that works with
OEMs to get emerging, pre-production hardware enabled for Ubuntu.
The contractual and liability requirements for such work simply
aren't well suited to community work. In contrast, local advocacy
(e.g., installfests, local events, etc) is much better suited to
the LoCo teams in the Ubuntu community than to Canonical."