Ubuntu has rapidly established itself as the leading GNU/Linux distribution on the desktop, not least through its work with Dell. Less well-known is the fact that Canonical, the company sponsoring Ubuntu – and trying to create a viable business around it – is based in London. One of the key members of staff working there is Jono Bacon, Canonical's Ubuntu Community Manager.
Bacon has been active in the open source community for many years, and is probably best known for LugRadio, “a fortnightly British [Internet] radio show that takes a relaxed, humorous look at Linux and open source.” Here, he talks about how the Ubuntu community functions, his role in that process, and what lies ahead for Canonical and Ubuntu.
GM: Could you say a little about how the Ubuntu community works, for example: how it's run, and how development gets apportioned between the community and Canonical's own coders? More generally, how do the Ubuntu community and Canonical work together to decide the overall direction of the project?