I spent a lot of time observing our community, this release. For some reason I was curious to see how our teams work together, what the dynamic is, how they work and play together, how they celebrate and sadly, also how they mourn. So I spent a fair amount more time this cycle reading lists from various Ubuntu teams, reading minutes from governance meetings for our various councils, watching IRC channels without participating, just to get a finger on the pulse.

Everywhere I looked I saw goodness: organised, motivated, cheerful and constructive conversations. Building a free OS involves an extraordinary diversity of skills, and what’s harder is that it requires merging the contributions from so many diverse disciplines and art forms. And yet, looking around the community, we seem to have found patterns for coordination and collaboration that buffer the natural gaps between all the different kinds of activities that go on.

There are definitely things we can work on. We have to stay mindful of the fact that Ubuntu is primarily a reflection of what gets done in the broader open source ecosystem, and stay committed to transmitting their work effectively, in high quality (and high definition :-)) to the Ubuntu audience. We have to remind those who are overly enthusiastic about Ubuntu that fanboyism isn’t cool, I saw a bit of “We rock you suck” that’s not appropriate. But I also saw folks stepping in and reminding those who cross the line that our values as a community are important, and the code of conduct most important of all.

So I have a very big THANK YOU for everyone. This is our most valuable achievement: making Ubuntu a great place to get stuff done that has a positive impact on literally millions of people. Getting that right isn’t technical, but it’s hard and complex work. And that’s what makes the technical goodness flow.

In particular, I’d like to thank those who have stepped into responsibilities as leaders in large and small portions of our Ubuntu universe. Whether it’s organising a weekly newsletter, coordinating the news team, arranging the venue for a release party, reviewing translations from new translators in your language, moderating IRC or reviewing hard decisions by IRC moderators, planning Kubuntu or leading MOTU’s, the people who take on the responsibility of leadership are critical to keeping Ubuntu calm, happy and productive.

But I’d also like to say that what made me most proud was seeing folks who might not think of themselves as leaders, stepping up and showing leadership skills.

There are countless occasions when something needs to be said, or something needs to get done, but where it would be easy to stay silent or let it slip, and I’m most proud of the fact that many of the acts of leadership and initiative I saw weren’t by designated or recognised leaders, they were just part of the way teams stayed cohesive and productive. I saw one stroppy individual calmly asked to reconsider their choice of words and pointed to the code of conduct by a newcomer to Ubuntu. I saw someone else step up and lead a meeting when the designated chairman couldn’t make it. That’s what makes me confident Ubuntu will continue to grow and stay sane as it grows. That’s the really daunting thing for me – as it gets bigger, it depends on a steady supply of considerate and thoughtful people who are passionate about helping do something amazing that they couldn’t do on their own. It’s already far bigger than one person or one company – so we’re entirely dependent on broader community commitment to the values that define the project.

So, to everyone who participates, thank you and please feel empowered to show leadership whenever you think we could do better as a community. That’s what will keep us cohesive and positive. That’s what will make sure the effort everyone puts into it will reach the biggest possible audience.

With that said, well done everyone on a tight but crisp post-LTS release. Maverick was a challenge, we wanted to realign the cycle slightly which compressed matters but hopefully gives us a more balanced April / October cadence going forward based on real data for real global holiday and weather patterns :-). There was an enormous amount of change embraced and also change deferred, wisely. You all did brilliantly. And so, ladies an gentlemen, I give you Mr Robbie Williamson and the Maverick Release Announcement. Grab your towel and let’s take the Meerkat out on a tour of the Galaxy 😉

93 Responses to “10.10 10:10:10 – thank you and Happy Maverick Day!”

  1. Pavlos Says:

    After hitting the F5 key on the main page of ubuntu.com for some hours now, it’s here… And the NetBook has already started the upgrade… Let’s rock this thing!

  2. zombiepig Says:

    Thank you for making this possible — Maverick’s a fantastic release 😀

  3. Artem Medeu Says:

    Thank you, Mark, for all your job. And thanx to all ubuntu team!
    I don’t imagine myself without ubuntu at home or office since 2007.

  4. Chris Says:

    Congratulations and thank you, Mark!
    I (and I know many others) suspected that You announce the release in 10:10:10… 😉

  5. Andrew Ampers Taylor Says:

    Good pet talk Mark, Perhaps you could also coach the British Football team :-)

  6. Linoob.com's Admin Says:

    Conrats 2 You Mark ..Without You.. It was never possible…!!!

  7. Unseamly Says:

    “Everywhere I looked I saw goodness: organized, motivated, cheerful and constructive conversations.”

    My goodness it sounds like a description of a kolkhoz agitprop postcard circa 1952. It’s that good, huh? Well I’m eastern European, I couldn’t read past that point, sorry.

    Anyway, best of luck. I wish Ubuntu would get better with every new version.

  8. csola48 Says:

    Thx. ! :)

  9. Incredible « Ryan Macnish Says:

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  10. novatillasku.com » Blog Archive » Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat ya está aqui! Says:

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  11. Anthony Farrell Says:

    Whistle: item I Dated and filled under (“Seasonal Defective Disorder; The Climate, Pressure Systems and its Effects on the Human Body’s ability to Process Information Unselfishly.”) Between cause study’s B2 (BII/{BII1} Riboflavin, (“Bad Taste, or were we just colored that way.”)and T-shirts; A Major Role in “Esteem Liquidation.” Whethering the extreme. I didn’t want to have to look myself in the mirror after chasing the Idea of a Wagon, that was most likely a mirage. And I cant see myself being able to perform any further “field” missions, Cause ’08 Says. “I cant afford to wrap my life around a 4th dementional concept; that could be a catylistic portal to state where your concepts of time and space are no longer relative to that of sain perception of the unobstructed. …N’ Ive incentivary Mechanisms to work out. (I’ve spent too long building false ones) Ps. I can’t alone instill in myself the complexes necessary to set and use monetary goals around said projects. (Legally blind) …sorry I’m just overextended in thought and motion not that it would be reflected in any passages but none the less… I’m Alone and havn’t the will power to ration my own rationality.

    It was fun,
    there’s always hard form…
    Adfsj (sasbh)
    …Please say the Swagga!

  12. foxoman Says:


    thanks mark , thanks canonical, thanks ubuntu community , thanks to foss community .

    Using maverick since RC and it’s the most beautiful and stable and easy ubuntu ever .

    For the first time i like the ubuntu default theme , and for the first time i feel ubuntu is really ready for every one .
    without any tweak :)

    I can’t sleep without thinking about ubuntu :)

    In 11.04 I really want to see donate button in software-center for Free\Open source software beside buy for non-free :)software :)

  13. klaus.doblmann@gmail.com Says:

    I’ve gotta say it was a pleasure testing maverick from its first day of existence (upload of the toolchain) on my production machine (yeah, yeah I know – but how else can you *really* test a release?) Had absolutely NO breakage, great new features and improvements in programs, it should be a very successful release indeed.
    Moving on to natty in a few days 😀

    Oh, I nearly forgot the most important thing: THANK YOU guys and ladies for your hard work on 10.10!

  14. Klaus Doblmann Says:

    I’ve gotta say it was a pleasure testing maverick from its first day of existence (upload of the toolchain) on my production machine (yeah, yeah I know – but how else can you *really* test a release?) Had absolutely NO breakage, great new features and improvements in programs, it should be a very successful release indeed.
    Moving on to natty in a few days 😀

    Oh, I nearly forgot the most important thing: THANK YOU guys and ladies for your hard work on 10.10!

    (Reposting due to crappy spam-detecting software on WP…)

  15. iaintme Says:

    > Building a free OS

    Nice post, Mark! Yet, I thought Ubuntu was only a GNU/Linux distribution, meaning a distribution based on the GNU/Linux Operating System. However, I never hear you Ubuntu people call it distribution, and the very Ubuntu website seems to be ashamed of the word Linux.

    Do you call it OS for marketing reasons, or are you planning to fork Linux as well? Please take me seriously, for I’m really concerned about the direction Ubuntu is heading to. Many thanks!

  16. mario Says:

    Do we get Linux-grade security now? Or is 2010 too early to ask about full disk encryption for using Ubuntu on laptops?

  17. Ed Says:

    Ubuntu is the distribution I started using when switching to Linux 2.5years ago. I really wish it all well. But sometimes I don’t get some of the decisions. Ubuntu is a great product but sometimes you get half finished products in it, things break and new users get to problems which they can’t solve. People can buy software now in ubuntu software center… that’s beautiful if only there wasn’t just one package to buy. When you get 100 applications in there, and most of them games (what linux needs most), then release it.
    Second example are nvidia drivers… proprietary drivers work fantastic, never had any problems with them… and now open source drivers, totally unusable and I had problems removing them in 10.10. Nvidia makes fantastic drivers, lets give them a prise for it, don’t replace it by default by something that is not working.
    In this release of ubuntu my front sound panel is not working in 10.04 it did why is this happening? Why is a sound still a problem in linux it worked , it doesn’t work now… I can’t understand the change.
    When Ubuntu One came, also too early I couldn’t do half of things that Dropbox could I don’t want to use ubuntu one because of a bad experience and it still doesn’t have much of options Dropbox does.
    Change default browser to chromium, it’s the best/fastest/savest browser on the market right now, that package is not even supported by canonical. Instead you change great programs like gimp, pidgin and fspot.

    Windows are getting better, you have to ask your self, why would someone use ubuntu instead windows 7? OK, the cost… but most people use pirated software anyway so the only logical answer must be the functionality and quality and half made products don’t contribute.

    Ubuntu has made the best effort, the first true effort to make a Linux usable for everyone especially with this software center option to buy software… but only one application… and I’ve watched on last episode of LInux Action Show that Brian tried to incorporate his piece of software but couldn’t do it for this release he was offering development help to do so, and still he couldn’t do it!! That needs to be fixed. Of course… you can’t have new cool features every release, slow the release cycle if you must, but please release new products when ready, because in this way great ideas wash away, it will not bring new users to Linux world.

    Most people want just new browsers, media players, desktop software in new releases, get a stable system and just upgrade desktop software, not system essentials and get out new releases with great finished new features.

    Please don’t take this as lack of appreciation to the community (except in case of OS nvidia drivers which is a useless and destructive project), the guys are great but the decisions what goes in and when should get a closer look in my opinion.

  18. mandy sauls Says:

    UMM 10.10 is simple EPIC!
    In the ICONIC words of Buzz Lighthere “to infinity and beyond”

    UBUNTU now forever and always. Good Speed.
    Thank You Open Source Community from a pleasant albeit overly excited Ubuntulite @ the tip of Africa. GREAT things are envisaged.

    NATURE remembers and green computing tech savvy names, ECHOED are positive charges inTo OUR eco-thecno global environment

  19. foxoman Says:

    @ iaintme :

    Redhat and Novel call there distro “entrprise linux” not a distribution !

    and they not mention GNU/Linux either .!

    So do they fork linux ?

    Also there is no mention for Free software (GNU) in redhat and suse page ( I could not find any ) .!

    but in ubuntu site you can easy in the front page or in about ubuntu page read about open source and free software (GNU) and debian :)



    compare it with redhat about opensource page .


    – Why every one blame canonical for somethings that big and old FOSS comapny did it before them ?

  20. Owais Lone Says:

    Mark, thank you for Ubuntu!

  21. Piew Says:

    What a job! Congratulations to all and long live ubuntu!! :)
    Party now!

  22. Alket Rexhepi Says:

    All the big thanks belong to Mark Shuttleworth.

  23. Michael J. Santos Says:

    A BIG THANKS to you Mark and the rest of Team Ubuntu for giving us a choice. Found Ubuntu last August 2010 and here i am addicted to it. downloading 10.10 right now.

  24. Akshat Jain Says:

    thank you to all.

  25. Pavlos Says:

    First impressions: Update on AcerAspireONe, the SSD one, the NetBook flavour of course. After spending 6 hours and 35 minutes of installing (no, I’m not kidding), and after spending about an hour of playing around, only one thing comes to mind:

    UNITY sucks big time! It’s awful, cannot be altered in any way (like with the Main Menu thingy, where one could have shortcuts organised in the way that fitted one’s needs) , and is structured in a manner really not suited for netbooks. It’s slow responsive, and the thing that struck out the most is that any “icons” to applications with a long name (for example, “Keyboard Input Methods”), is not written in two lines. Rather with dots (“Keyboard…t Methods”)… Come on! Really? This is what we were waiting for?

    Having spent hours of sorting out the main menu icons in the pervious version, I am trully sorry that I have to do it all over again (along with all the extra applications I need). This time, a clean 10.04 install… What a disappointment!

    The only thing that is really nice (and I mean the ONLY thing), is the everywhere adopted Ubuntu font. For some strange reason, it’s really nice and clean. But that alone surely is not worth keeping the netbook/Unity 10.10…

  26. peakit Says:

    “I saw one stroppy individual calmly asked to reconsider their choice of words and pointed to the code of conduct by a newcomer to Ubuntu.”

    Guilty of being that stroppy individual :(


    Well done Team Ubuntu!!

  27. Ετοιμαστείτε για τις « Cerebrux Says:

    […] Η κίνηση αυτή εκτός απο κίνηση marketing είναι ένα παιχνίδι των geek με τον χρόνο οπου το αντικατοπτρίζει το 0 και 1, δηλαδή το διάδικο σύστημα με το οποίο ο κεντρικός επεξεργαστής του υπολογιστή εκτελεί τις εσωτερικές διεργασίες του λειτουργικού συστήματος. Για περισσότερα σχετικά με το μπορείτε να διαβάσετε (στα αγγλικά) στο Blog του ιδρυτή της Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth […]

  28. Zahra Khan Says:

    This is called many things: the powers of ten, Eames Day, 42 Day, etc. Some are simply calling 10/10/1910 day, or ten days Diez Diez. It’s one of those rare calendar that nobody really knows how to explain, but for some reason, we are all fascinated by it.
    10/10/10 http://apusa.us/101010-3-4051/

  29. mohammad Says:

    hi … thanks mark 😉

  30. tardegrade Says:

    Well done to everyone. Maverick is the best ubuntu release to date.
    I for one have had no issues of note at all, and the end result is another appreciable step forward.

    The attention to the installer is righteous, the general polish welcomed and the completeness of the system enhancements are without compromise and show a genuine maturity proudly poking it’s head above the troposphere of the fog of reality that often stymies interface development.

    Karmic had a Jalapeño sting in it’s tail for which Lucid provided a Aloe vera patch but didn’t really heal. Maverick thankfully proves that ubuntu can progress without forcing a mental break to Joe User, who just wants things his/her way.

    Congratulations in getting on top of the next phase and not letting ambition sweep away the cairns that mark the highs achieved to date.

  31. Linux Rants » Blog Archive » Interesting Linux News for the Day – October 11, 2010 Says:

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  32. Sans Toit Ni Loi Says:

    This probably has nothing to do with what you wrote. However; I had to share this. Last night I upgraded from 10.04 to 10.10 without carrying out a backup before the upgrade. I would dare not do such an insane thing if I were to upgrading any other operating system. The FAITH that I have been able to have in Ubuntu in the last couple of years is phenomenal. Thanks to Canonical and the community for delivering a wonderful product. I am sorry I am not a developer and have not contributed any code to Ubuntu. However; I have gifted 2 Ubuntu machines and that makes me feel good :-)

  33. Indian-Art Says:

    Great Job Mark & Team Ubuntu!

    D/Led 10.10 10:10:10, installed & using Maverick & loving every bit of it!

    Mark, please give a few interviews on some TV channels, for instance, Gadget Guru (India), people would love to hear about this great OS from you.

    Also hoping to see some Ubuntu-ARM PCs soon.

  34. The Open Sourcerer Says:

    Thanks Mark,

    10.10 installed and running sweetly for a while now.

    The Ubuntu font, whilst visually a little unusual at first, really is very easy on the eye once you get used to it. It works *very* well on my high-res monitor.

    Is being a “fanboy” of your community loco OK? ubuntu-uk Rocks! https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UKTeam/



    PS – Can’t wait for 11.04 with Thunderbird as the default email client 😉

  35. Anurag Bhandari Says:

    Although most of the reviewers have praised Maverick as a stable release and a worthwhile upgrade (primarily due to improved Ubuntu One integration and updated apps), look-n-feel alone was the compelling factor for me that forced me to upgrade. Kudos to the artwork department for further improving what was a revolutionary artwork update in Lucid. And not to mention, I quite liked the new default Ubuntu font.

    My favorite picks in this release undoubtedly include – improved look-n-feel, ever expanding software repository, social networking features, and more intuitiveness in general use.

  36. Marcos Says:

    Congratulations and thanks very much for this great version!

  37. Duncan Says:

    Many thanks to Mark, canonical, ubuntu and everyone who helped with 10.10!

    It’s running beautifully, and seems to be the most bug-free release I’ve tried so far.

    Particular credit for the ubuntu font – a beautiful font which has made Ubuntu even more pleasant to look at and use!

    Well Done!


  38. AhmedG Says:

    Looks nice. Unity still has some work ahead of it. I tested in on a regular laptop (ati vcard) and the graphics were fairly glitchy. That said I think it has some sound design principals that with a little tweaking would be great for regular desktops as well as netbooks. Linux really has come along way since 2004 eh?

    One for the road: I think we need a release dedicated to efficiency. That is in battery power (with the move towards more mobile computing, battery life is really coming to the forefront)

    We also need to really get in touch with some of the people at ATI and Nvidia and say listen, we know you have your legal issues and what not, but let’s really work together to make linux a first class citizen when it comes to video card drivers (part of that IS related to Xorg issues as well though which we also should if possible help tackle).

    I think those two things (efficiency and video drivers) go hand in hand. If we can take care of those two issues I think we can position ourselves to really leap ahead into the future. Otherwise we are continuing to build on top of an eroding foundation. (Ex. We build a nice environment like Unity, but video drivers stink so a lot of people can’t participate in that).

  39. Richie Thorpe Says:

    Mark and all the Ubuntu team…
    A very big thank you for all your work.
    Love the Meerkat!

    Cheers all


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  41. Alexander Says:

    I have been using the new Ubuntu fonts in Lucid and am currently installing Maverick on my second machine. I wouldn’t have ever made fonts a focus of mine, but I must say it makes a huge difference. This is yet another master stroke by Mark and the Ubuntu team. It’s an inspiration to us all…

  42. Alexander Says:

    @ foxoman

    A donate button is would be a great idea! I second it!

  43. Laszlo Lebrun Says:

    The netbook edition with dual boot is IMHO the best idea to break into the Windows dominance.
    Having a slim perfectly designed alternative to get into the net within a few seconds on the same hardware is brilliant! With it, far more people will be attracted to use successively more and more Ubuntu functionality, without losing required legacy software they need until they have discovered better ubuntu based equivalents.
    IMHO a Chameleon-like graphical boot choser can really improve even more the acceptance of the Ubuntu-net edition on regular laptops, Grub2 might be powerful, it’s still an ugly stain preceding the else perfect “Mac-Style” feeling of that Netbook edition.
    IMHO the other aspect to urgently consider should be a way of keeping net activity up-to-date on both systems. A common Mail client like Thunderbird sharing the same mail data and a bidirectional syncronization of browser favourites should be a must to live dual boot without data lost pain.
    Would you consider that suggestions?

  44. Claus Moeller Says:

    Great OS, Great Idea, Great Community

    Thank you for Ubuntu!

  45. yman Says:

    Dear Mark,
    I represent the developer of a commercial Linux game. How can I get that game into the USC?


  46. Jose Says:

    Hi Mark,

    Keep your good work improving Ubuntu, I think foxoman has a very good idea.

    The reason number 1 for selling something is convenience when the customer is in the right “mood” status, that is the reason Amazon or Apple try to minimize the steps to pay(like one-click buying).

    I suspect the reason #1 people don’t help economically OSS more is the same one, convenience. Yes you want to help, but an specific project, but you don’t want to give your credit card number to some people you don’t trust, you don’t have time to make a new account, when you have time you don’t have money, whatever.

    Ubuntu can solve the problem the same way Apple does, if canonical the company whom I trust has my credit card info, I can easily and fast and frictionless buy applications or help the projects I really want to success. E.g I would really like to help the “nouveau project NVIDIA” guys but I can’t buy them hardware(expensive for me), with money contributions a lot of people donating a small quantity could mean a real difference for them.


  47. Salih Emin Says:

    As George Bernard Shaw ones said:
    “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

    That is why Open Source steals more and more market share. For example this is why Android Linux will be the OS that we all see as a standard in the mobile industry. As I wrote two months ago to prove this statement, history tends to repeat its self and IT corps do not learn from the past. We had IBM vs Apple then (1980-1990), iPhone vs Android now (source : http://cerebrux.net/2010/08/11/history-repeats-itself-ibm-vs-apple-then-iphone-vs-android-now/) .

    This is the one side of the coin. Many open source projects are emerging and many dies. For the other side of the coin, you need what Mark said :
    “folks who might not think of themselves as leaders, stepping up and showing leadership skills.”
    You need Leader. Someone who believes in his project and clearly stated his vision about his project. People don’t “buy” what you do but why you do it. So people don’t just adapt Ubuntu Linux for what it is, but for “why”. A great talk (video) on Ted.com clearly defines the idea on “How great leaders inspire action”. Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling (http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html)
    I see the same pattern of success in Ubuntu Linux. Leadership is essential.
    In my opinion there are some things yet (simple) to be done with Ubuntu Linux and I hope to see theme in the next release:
    What is done:
    *Ubuntu Ambiance Theme (professional looking theme)
    *Ubuntu Fonts (astonishing and great visual experience)
    What has to be done:
    *Ubuntu Sounds
    *Ubuntu Icons
    *Ubuntu + Android (for better on the go experience)
    *Ubuntu One (or Cloud)+ WordPress (for creating personal blogs)

    The above makes what I call all-in-one experience. Ubuntu + Smartphone + Web Apps.
    Hope you achieve your goals Mark, as the “why” you do it, it’s why we love Ubuntu Linux…

  48. aussie Says:

    Hi Mark,

    Thank you and everyone involved so much for ubuntu. The world needs more people like you. Love the efficiency of ubuntu. Use it everyday on a dev laptop. Always a pleasant experience. Also love the UI work and branding you have developed since the LTS release. Really slick.

  49. Zac Says:

    Another good release. Thanks to everyone. I have 10.10 Netbook Edition on my Dell Latitude 2100 and still using 8.04 on my desktop.

    Software Centre, Software Centre, Software Centre, Software Centre.
    This will be the key the for the future.

    And OEM deals as well.

  50. K. Deniz Ogut Says:

    I’m proud of being a part of Ubuntu. A dedicated community and a wise leadership -enhancing each other- perfectly match. So nice to see you happy, Mark!

  51. Philip Says:

    brilliant release! Can we expect a youtube ‘official’ announcement?

  52. Sans Says:

    Updated from ubuntu studio to 10.10
    my cursor is invisible!

  53. peakit Says:

    “I saw one stroppy individual calmly asked to reconsider their choice of words and pointed to the code of conduct by a newcomer to Ubuntu.”

    Guilty of being one of those sloppy individuals :(

  54. Salih Emin Says:

    Hey Mark,

    Can you please review your Akismet box, as my previous comment was accidentally flagged as spam.

    Thanks and Regards.

  55. Mohsin Hijazee Says:

    Who not knows Steve Jobs? Charisma, leadership, design and people skills. You’re Steve Jobs of the Open Source World. The products, variations, flavors you’ve given you surely are. Launchpad alone is a giant and huge effort in itself. Not sure if you’ll like dubbed as Jobs. If not, sorry in advance.

    Ubuntu has simplified my work life too much. Thanks for that. And the new font is really very nice.

  56. kikl Says:

    “Software Centre, Software Centre, Software Centre, Software Centre.
    This will be the key the for the future. ”

    I second that!

    It has improved considerably since the last release, but don’t slow down!

  57. Shawn Says:


    Thank you for everything you’re doing and have done already for Ubuntu. I’m proud to know your name and your story and of Ubuntu.
    To see someone be bring Humanity to others makes me proud to be a part of Ubuntu and it’s Community. I hope to expand my knowledge and obtain Certifications for Ubuntu Administration. I carry high regards to this Operating System with it’s flexibility, usability, and friendly community.

    To you Mark, Canonical, and Ubuntu, I say thank you!

    Thank you!

  58. kikl Says:

    “Adobe flash”

    If there is a single software that crashes my ubuntu more often than anything else, then it is adobe flash. I am beginning to understand Steve Jobs rant about flash. Flash sucks.

  59. Jon Loldrup Says:

    … When will Ubuntu remember my Instant Messaging status* across sessions?

    * online, offline, hidden, away, etc.

  60. acesta Says:

    sorry to be the negative one.. i am on the latest ubuntu. and it rocks.. HD playback is flawless.. and i’ve been waiting so long for it. but.. for the past 4 or 5 ubuntu realeases .. i found out that i have to be a hacker to be able to select 5.1 for my audio.
    why does it have to be so hard for something that simple? am i missing something?

  61. Alexander Pavlov Says:

    First of all, congratulations to all with a new Ubuntu release. I’d like to discuss two bug examples.

    One: keyboard switching goes crazy, rapidly switching keyboard layouts on its own, gnome-settings-daemon leaks memory (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/maverick/+source/gnome-settings-daemon/+bug/625793 and a host of duplicates). Filed 08-28.

    Two: non-English users who do some combination of Ctrl/Alt/Shift to switch their keyboard layouts cannot use the same combination for keyboard shortcuts (https://bugs.launchpad.net/xorg-server/+bug/36812). Filed March 2003.

    Think of it: your computer starts switching languages on its own when you type, a daemon eats 700+MB of memory, bringing your desktop down on its knees. Happens all over the world. Bugreport heat: 1500. Meerkat is released without a patch. No problem if you only have one keyboard layout, see?

    The second one is a less frightening scenario: you just have no keyboard shortcuts with Ctrl+Shift. But NONE. In any application. Forget selecting a word in any textbox, selecting a para in openoffice, forget new terminal tab, forget zooming. Just because you happen to use Ctrl+Shift for layout switching, and it’s in your muscle memory – after all, you do it hundreds of times every day: typing commands, web addresses, and so on. Millions of people do. Not English speakers, of course. FOUR YEARS without a patch, and counting.

    No wonder Ubuntu is viewed as an example of whiteboy arrogance. Quote a forum: “What is the Ubuntu answer to the keyboard-switching issue? Speak English!”.

    Can it change? And overall, some user-response-based priority assignment for bugs would be really welcome.

  62. Simon Says:

    Why the 10.10 Netbook version uses Unity?? Is unstable and navigating to settings and programs is difficult! Woulnd “Docky” have been a better choice for the side-menu-bar? I am rather disappointed in this netbook-version and switched to Kubuntu…
    Anyway, at least the 10.10 for my desktop is close to perfection :)

  63. Geelo Says:

    Hi Mark,

    I just installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my very old Pentium 3
    Hardware Specs:
    Pentium 3
    CPU: 450 MHZ
    Memory: 256 MB PC100 SDRAM
    Hard Drive 10 GB
    Video Card 8 MB AGP x4

    I used the alternative CD to do a clean install of Ubuntu and it installed without any issues. It is actually faster running in Gnome than I thought it would be… faster than Ubuntu 9.04 that I had on there previously. I would like to make one suggestion, could the dev team on the next Ubuntu version include a smaller install on the alternative CD for older systems such as this? Maybe focus on, instead of Gnome to either have either Fluxbox or Blackbox as the default Windows Manager. Or have on the menu, have a selection, for a more streamlined application install for older legacy systems.

    I’ve been in different IT fields for about 20 years, and I’ve been working here, in the background since Ubuntu 4.10, and I can honestly say that having a Linux system for legacy systems in a “Win-Win” for everyone (environmental, educational and corporate ROI).

    Please contact me direct via email if needed.

    Thank You.

    Geelo – Network Engineer Level / Tier 3 and 4
    Vendor neutral certified in IT Security, Hardware, Networking (LAN/WAN), Windows, Linux, and Unix Server Administration

  64. Geelo Says:

    ^ Also also I see above, Akisment sees my post as potential spam.. not the case, I am very much a real person. 😉

  65. Chauncellor Says:

    Hi, Mark. Thought you should know:

    Your RSS link is invalid. It points to /feeds but recently it seems to have been changed to /rss. Pointing Thunderbird in the correct url has fixed it for me.

  66. DeNiro Says:

    Yes, thanks and congratulations…, but…, when shall we have an “Ubuntu Rolling Release Edition”?

  67. micha Says:


    Ubuntu is the perfect OS. BUT, what I miss: is the perfect software. Firefox, Thunderbird and Brasero are wonderful software. But Ubuntu needs more simple and intuitive software. There is so much wunderful software in the linux-world. But mostly they are not simple and intuitive! AND you have got 3 or 5 programms to to something. Every software can do some good thinks but no one can do all the good thinks you need.
    One example: Brasero is very good. And if it is not enough you use K3b.
    A bad example: Picture-viewer. there are planty. only some are a little good. But no one ist so good, that you can do everythink with ist.

    Ok. good luck!

  68. gwekwaadziwin Says:

    An off topic (well, not really) request:
    Please go camping for three days on your own (no phones, netbooks, or other distractions).
    Thank you.

  69. kikl Says:

    This is somewhat off topic, but maybe of interest to canonical.

    Personal identification and digital signatures for contracts over the internet is a big issue. The new identity card issued by the german government is going to support digital signatures. Many government agencies are going to require the identity card for online communication. I think in a very short period of time this is going to be a mainstream application for business and government. Therefore, it would be great if ubuntu could support the card readers and respective software.


    The new id-card is being issued starting in november 2010. It would be great if canonical could be at the forefront of supporting these new devices. Furthermore, these cards could be used for doing business for ubuntu one services or buying applications in the ubuntu software centre.

  70. _khAttAm_ Says:

    I have always been a fan of Ubuntu and have been using development versions for quite some time. I will be waiting for alpha of next release natty. However, I am thinking of moving to rolling release of a debian based distro. I’d love to see Ubuntu rolling release for those who want it. It would really be great.

  71. DeNiro Says:

    I will explain better what I said. Now, people have two options: 1) An “LTS version” every 24 months and 2) a “No LTS version” every 6 months (except april in 2008, 2010, …). What I propose is that people have these two options: 1) an “LTS version” every 18 months and 2)a Rolling release version.

  72. Martin Says:

    Hello Mark,
    Thank you for the gift of Ubuntu, and thanks also to the many tireless individuals who invest so much time and energy into this great distribution!
    Would you consider looking into getting Ubuntu Server SAP-certified?

  73. kikl Says:

    Here is an article in the major German weekly “Der Spiegel”, the mirror, about the new personal identity card. This is going to be a big opportunity of ubuntu:



  74. Ref Says:

    Ok, you are including payment applications in the Software Center.
    And the support for open source projects? Is there a big message to raise awareness among users how important donations are?Does your software center of a large button that redirects to the link “DONATE” in free software? Would that be very good.

  75. paulo silva Says:

    is Unity really light? i can’t run it on old hardware… :( – (i tried to comment about this at http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/383 , but the comments there are closed) – are there plans to a kind of lxde-based unity, for 2d display board hardware, or a simplification of the actual Unity?

  76. grikdog Says:

    I noticed Maverick 10.10 fixed a truncated-calendar bug in piping calendar to a cgi script written in Ruby, so for that, thanks.

    However, I must View Askance the “take-it-or-leave-it” attitude about desktop Unity in 11.04. Is that necessary? Shouldn’t there be a transition period? Frankly, Unity has not been well explained or demonstrated to us uzers. Are we being converted to the new religion at sword point? Ok, that’s metaphor…

    I’ve turned off incremental updating until the next LTS, but I’m being forced to decide between Canonical and Apple’s new Airbook (Adobe Illustrator needed for work will be on my next laptop.

    Hopefully that gets my point across. “Users want Unity” does not mean users want Unity, unless it has fewer bugs than Gnome.

  77. Jon Loldrup Says:

    Hey Mark, all the exciting development is happening in the QT framework (by the seemingly benevolent giant Nokia). When will you see fit to exploit this opportunity?

  78. JT Says:

    a while back you said you were targeting the dell xt2 for 10.10. i had high hopes for getting windows off this thing. i was disappointed, i had to reinstall windows 7.
    it would have been great if it was just a touchscreen laptop, 10.10 functioned great in that respect.
    the problem areas were:
    fingerprint sensor doesn’t work with anything but embassy control suite (horrible bloated windows only software).
    the buttons on the tablet didn’t function, searched for a fix, none could be found.
    the screen did not rotate when swiveled.

    are you planning on still giving the xt2 a shot? I’d be glad to be test subject.

  79. ryan @Learn Poker Says:

    And here we thought the world was going to end when the clock struck midnight on Jan 1, 2000!!!
    Here’s to many more centuries and decades of great health for us all :)


  80. Julius Buma-at Says:


    I hope when unity interface will be finally released on the desktops, it will be fully matured and less buggy and better than both GNOME and KDE. And is Compiz is a great problem for other video chipsets (i.e. VIA, SiS, and other intel chipsets). I hope you would give considerations to the thousands of people who uses this kind of chipsets due to money concerns, not all are like you man. So I just hope that compiz will fit to any kind of video hardwares we put it through with the next releases of Ubuntu. More power!

  81. seraj Says:

    thanks for all and Happy Maverick Day!

  82. aYo Says:

    Moved over to the U-Side at Heron and have been blown away at every release. It is a real credit to you and the team (and I have blogged about this a few times), that each release is so markedly better than the previous. To be honest I was not sure there would be major differences between lynx and meerkat but DAMMIT there are, and its WONDERFUL.
    Thanks for what is in my view the very best OS on the planet – Yes there is a lot to do but all in all – a perfect 10.10.10

  83. Avery Says:

    Hi Mark, I recently read that you have poured tons of your own money into Ubuntu. I just wanted to say thank you for that, because you’ve produced an OS that has preserves both ease of use and our freedom. I hope to be able to support it through Ubuntu One and other initiatives in the future.

  84. kikl Says:

    zdnet Germany loves Ubuntu 10.10. This is by far the best review I have read about ubuntu in a long time. The only point of criticism were incompatibilty issues with ms office documents in open office, …


    Cheer up Mark! Now switch in the fast lane and overtake mac os X in terms of usability! You can!

  85. loki Says:

    there’s a few kinks still in maverick but overall it’s the best ubuntu release to date and they all have got better and better. the linux community as a whole should be congratulated as it is now the case that for the great majority of purposes linux is now a viable desktop operating system and the current release of wine enables one to run a great deal of windows software that is important… well, to me anyway, all games running on the source engine work almost flawlessly now, and whenever i try other apps i use under windows like mp3tag and dbpoweramp music converter, they all work perfectly too, but i now generally look for an open source alternative even though i actually own a license to DMC, i prefer to cut to the chase and just use ffmpeg, lame or mencoder to do my media transcoding work. i also discovered recently that ghostscript is a very powerful and useful tool for working with ebook formats too.

    kudos to all working on ubuntu and looking forward to 11.04

  86. Onkel Says:

    I just started installing Meerkat from the ISO.

    Amidst all the flames about Unity and Gnome Shell…assignment, Harmony, and Canonical profitability…Canonical contributions to upstream, and all of the usual flamewars –

    I have to say I am bowled over before my install is even finished. Is this *Unix* I’m installing? You’re asking me if I want to download updates as the CD is copied to disk, so my time won’t be wasted later? You’re going to show a nice slideshow, educating me about the system, and give me something productive to do while waiting for my system to install? You’re actually thinking about the user?

    This is a long way from me installing Slackware in the mid-1990s – download everything onto 3.5″ disks – a lot of disks, especially if I want X-Windows. Then fiddle with X-Windows settings to get that working on my system. Have the hellish early LILO as my boot manager. I won’t even go into the lack of packaging, or idea of playing a decent first person shooter, or running virtualization or any of that. Even things like a Linux journaled file system were a pipe dream.

    It’s an impressive achievement. The average end user who gets this CD handed to him won’t even know how much work had to go into getting everything to work so easily and automagically for them.

    Being the “computer guy” everyone knows, when someone gets a virus or their Windows crashes bad, I ask them if they have anything important on their net-book. Often, they say they don’t, they just read their e-mail and browse the web. At this point, I whip out my USB stick and installed Karmic or Lucid (and soon – Meerkat). Once I install Flash and show them how to use their web browser, everything just works for them. I never hear a complaint again. And these are average people who know nothing about computers. If Ubuntu didn’t exist, I don’t know what I’d do in these situations, I’d probably still be figuring out why their Windows won’t boot.

    Hail Ubuntu!

  87. ozaru Says:

    For my ubuntu is to buggy and incomplete and impossible to do every day as.

  88. Gökberk Can Says:

    Ubuntu Network Edition 10.10 is not better than 10.04. I got three major problems:

    1. Favorite Apps was better in 10.04. Change is not the best thing sometimes.
    2. Why do I need to install a package to change the time format?
    3. 10.10 is very very slower than 10.04. Lucid was actually flying, Maverick makes me feel like jogging.

    Sorry Sir, truth should be told and heard.

  89. صور حروف انجليزيه Says:

    Being the “computer guy” everyone knows, when someone gets a virus or their Windows crashes bad, I ask them if they have anything important on their net-book. Often, they say they don’t, they just read their e-mail and browse the web. At this point, I whip out my USB stick and installed Karmic or Lucid (and soon – Meerkat). Once I install Flash and show them how to use their web browser, everything just works for them. I never hear a complaint again. And these are average people who know nothing about computers. If Ubuntu didn’t exist, I don’t know what I’d do in these situations, I’d probably still be figuring out why their Windows won’t boot.

  90. mark Says:


    You’re right on all three fronts. In 11.04, we’ll make it easier to make an app a favourite. We’ll also (I think) sort out time and date prefs and the time menu. And we’ll improve performance of Unity on most of the GMA450 netbooks, where it sucks today. I’m sorry you had a rough ride, those who ahve hardware that works well with Unity seem to like it enough to justify the move to Unity everywhere.

  91. ryan @ poker lessons Says:

    Thanks again for this great OS. Look forward to promoting for you in the future!


  92. Debora Says:

    Excelentes dicas !! Obrigado por compartilhar !! Grande abraço !

  93. Roselee Dennen Says:

    Is webdesign considered a practical fine arts?