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. Philip Says:

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

  2. Sans Says:

    Updated from ubuntu studio to 10.10
    my cursor is invisible!

  3. 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 🙁

  4. Salih Emin Says:

    Hey Mark,

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

    Thanks and Regards.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Jon Loldrup Says:

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

    * online, offline, hidden, away, etc.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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

  14. Geelo Says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. DeNiro Says:

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. _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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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:



  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

  29. 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 🙂


  30. 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!

  31. seraj Says:

    thanks for all and Happy Maverick Day!

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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

  36. 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!

  37. ozaru Says:

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. ryan @ poker lessons Says:

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


  42. Debora Says:

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

  43. Roselee Dennen Says:

    Is webdesign considered a practical fine arts?