From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Saturday, August 6, 2011

With Open Arms

Jonathan Carter has admirably brought the topic of "Defining what upstream contributions are in terms of membership" to the Ubuntu Community Council meeting agenda.

Hats off, Jonathan, for taking a lead on this important question!

It's my sincere hope that the Ubuntu community continues to be one of the most open and accepting open source organizations in the world.

The current one-line description of Ubuntu membership is:
Membership of the Ubuntu community means recognition of a significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu and the Ubuntu community.

I, personally, wholeheartedly welcome any and all who have contributed to Ubuntu in any way, even if indirectly, to the Ubuntu community.  (The words "significant" and "sustained", I think are too subjective for my tastes.)

Without question, to me that includes any Debian Developers, Maintainers, and countless Open Source Upstream Developers (even where those upstreams are employed by Ubuntu's competitors).

If such a person is willing to sign and abide by the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, they're an Ubuntu Member, in my book.

The more people in this (free software) world who abide by the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, the better place it will be for all!

An oldie, but goodie...



  1. Hi Dustin,
    I couldn't find any other way to reach you, aside of through your comments fields, so this isn't related to the post --hope you don't mind!

    I'm working with The Blind Cafe and saw that you had posted about our first visit to Austin in April. I want to let you know that we will be returning this month, on August 18-20th!

    If you find the time to share the news with your friends, family and fans, we'd certainly appreciate it. our website is and you can reach me at

    Thanks so much for considering sharing this,

  2. Hey Dustin, thanks for the kind words :)


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