[ubuntu-art] Kyūdō: Briefing, Top Level Goals of Ubuntu

Thorsten Wilms t_w_ at freenet.de
Wed Sep 24 14:53:48 BST 2008


I would like to discuss the briefing/mission-statement for the
foreseeable future of the project plus the most closely related issues.

= Briefing =

Within in the long-term goal of achieving an optimal presentation for
the Ubuntu GNU/Linux Distribution: 

Create and deliver an optimal theme for each release, starting with
Jaunty Jackalope. Where optimal means: made to the project participants
best ability within a release cycle, with the aim to further the goals
of Ubuntu. 

Optionally: create additional themes to meet the needs of other or more
specific audiences or specific uses. 

Do you think anything is missing, unclear, superfluous or a bad idea

Now, based on the thesis that the optimal theme must further Ubuntu's
goals, we have to ask what these are:

* To offer a free (in both the economic and FSF sense), sustainable
platform for commodity requirements with optional commercial support 
  * To act according to the following ideals (from

     1. Every computer user should have the freedom to download, run,
        copy, distribute, study, share, change and improve their
        software for any purpose, without paying licensing fees. 
     2. Every computer user should be able to use their software in the
        language of their choice. 
     3. Every computer user should be given every opportunity to use
        software, even if they work under a disability. 
  * Have free software break into Microsoft's majority market share (Bug
    #1: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/1)

Is there anything that should be cleared up or added here?

Furthermore, there are the key aspects/characteristics of Ubuntu:

* Ubuntu is an African word that can be roughly translated as 'Humanity
to others', or 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. Read more
about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy) 
  * A strong, friendly and involved community 
  * A benevolent dictator for setting direction and making difficult
  * Some emphasis on translations 
  * Strong infrastructure (Launchpad) 
  * A history of brown and orange in themes

Anything missing? Of special interest is what sets Ubuntu apart form
other distributions/communities?

Thorsten Wilms

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