[ubuntu-art] Champagne Supernova

Frank Schoep frank at ffnn.nl
Fri Dec 22 13:08:54 GMT 2006

On Dec 22, 2006, at 10:09 AM, Troy James Sobotka wrote:
> Nacho de los Ríos Tormo wrote:
>> That said, I'll try to tread more lightly in the future, although I'm
>> afraid we're all to happy with ourselves to garner too much progress.
> I don't believe that the artwork team is at all 'too happy with
> ourselves'.  To the best of my knowledge, we simply aren't in a  
> position
> to offer alternatives at this juncture.

I think that hits the nail on the head.

Besides the efforts done by Troy and a small team of motivated people  
on the U2 specifications and implementation, there is nothing  
substantial going on except for some bike-shedding on the mailing  
list. This wasn't meant to be offensive, I'm just trying to describe  
the situation as objectively as I can.

There have been some initiatives to start up something by people like  
Gianluca Sartori, which I admire, but without any clear direction and  
someone in charge, I think a lot of these initiatives just fizzle and  
die and I think this pretty much happened in that case.

I've been trying for weeks to get in touch with Mark regarding the  
artwork plan for Feisty, if any, but haven't been able to solicit a  
response as of yet. Besides Mark I've asked around a bit in the  
developer team, but nobody has got any more information to share on  
the subject.

For about one-and-a-half month I hung on to the idea of a new Artist  
in Chief being appointed by Mark and stepping up to lead the  
community. I would have gladly assisted her or him getting up to  
speed and talking about what happened for Edgy, what worked and what  

Unfortunately, nothing happened and I received no replies to the  
messages I sent out to Mark. I'm afraid that I've pretty much given  
up the hope for Feisty and the near future.

Lately I've been in the situation of trying to explain to others and  
myself what happened to the artwork community after my efforts for  
Edgy and the only thing I can honestly answer is "nothing". That's  
all there is to it and doesn't really brighten up your day if you  
know what I went through.

Looking back to meeting with everyone in Paris and Wiesbaden it's  
been a crazy journey which has taught me a lot of new things about  
myself and made me realize that I had found something I gladly spent  
my time on. I'm grateful for Mark sponsoring me and I think I made  
the most of it.

I know I've written something like this before, but this time it's  
different. Judging from the signs the time has come for me to step  
back from Ubuntu artwork and development and focus on channeling my  
energy elsewhere. Words can't tell you how much I appreciate your  
involvement and efforts for the cause, thanks a lot.

Some time ago I made a list of the people around during Edgy because  
I knew this day would arrive. I hope you are all reading this. There  
are a few people in special who have made doing my work so much more  
fun and entertaining, here you go:

Kenneth and Troy: thanks for the great time in Paris and being around  
to discuss everything ranging from creepy people to pronouncing my  
surname. I can't really begin to tell how much I appreciate your  

Étienne Bersace: even though you just hopped by in Paris, it was  
great meeting you, I hope you enjoyed the visit then. Thanks for your  
ongoing efforts for Ubuntu and the fact that you've been around for  
so long already.

Jonathan Austin, Jozef Mak: thanks for the last weeks of Edgy, I know  
it wasn't easy on you but you did very well.

Chuck Huber: thanks for your efforts on Peace and all the other  
contributions you made, I enjoyed working with you.

Peter Savage: meeting up with you on IRC and TeamSpeak probably wins  
you the most-fun-award. Thanks for the good times and the off-by-a- 
beat-or-two intercontinental jam.

Viper550: I'm not sure if you're around here anymore, but thanks for  
your ever present energy and artwork ideas. Godspeed with your work  
on gNewSense.

Dennis Kaarsemaker: thanks for helping me out when I needed your  
usplash-fu, that was really priceless.

Eric Schwenke: thanks so much for fixing the Edgy lsplash and  
suggesting the orange emblems, it's great you made them.

Michiel Sikma: thanks for your efforts on the Dash team and your  
involvement with the mailing list.

PingunZ: are you around or have you moved to Arch? Anyway, thanks for  
your contributions, ideas and assisting Jonathan.

Niklas Weidel and Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen: I'm not sure if we ever  
spoke or mailed eachother, but I've seen some great artwork from you  
both so let me thank you for having been involved with Edgy and  
delivering goods.

If your name isn't on that list, don't worry - it's probably just an  
oversight on my side. I know there's a lot more people out there than  
I can cram into a single list so feel free to reply and let me know  
you are there still.

Besides all these artwork people, I'd also like to thank everyone on  
the other teams that helped me out when I needed it. I'm thinking of  
Daniel, Ian, Henrik, Matt, Colin, Scott, Tollef, Claire and Jane. And  
of course Mark, thanks for listening to me on the first floor right  
next to the elevator. I'm glad we got the numbers right eventually.

So, that's about it. When I joined the mailing list on April 12th of  
this year I didn't know I would end up here, but eventually I did. I  
hope you enjoyed it.

Merry Christmas to you all and be sure to make the most out of every  
new year to come.

With kind regards,

Frank Schoep

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