Xubuntu Meeting

Jono Bacon jono at ubuntu.com
Fri May 9 12:03:52 BST 2008

Hi all,

Recently I helped guide a discussion in the Xubuntu community to resolve 
some issues that were going on there. We thought it could be useful to 
share these thoughts here, so here is a summary of the meeting, as 
written by Jim Campbell:


Hello Everyone,

I'd first like to start off this e-mail by announcing the Xubuntu 
community meeting was a *huge* success. We had roughly two dozen people 
take part (including old, current, and new faces) and a number of other 
individuals who sent in e-mails or left a quick IRC message to let us 
know that they were unable to attend but would be following up with much 
interest. After just under an hour of constructive discussion led by 
Jono Bacon and several free form votes, I'm happy to present following 
mission statement for Xubuntu:

    "To produce an easy to use distribution, based on Ubuntu, using Xfce 
as the graphical desktop, with a focus on integration, usability and 
performance, with a particular focus on low memory footprint. The 
integration in Xubuntu is at a configuration level, a toolkit level, and 
matching the underlying technology beneath the desktop in Ubuntu. 
Xubuntu will be built and developed as part of the wider Ubuntu 
community, based around the ideals and values of Ubuntu."

Although 100% consensus was not arrived at, all participating parties 
did agree that it was an acceptable initial mission statement. It was 
decided that Cody Somerville (cody-somerville) would utilize the above 
mission statement to develop a strategy document which would describe 
how Xubuntu would adhere to the agreed mission statement. After which, 
another meeting would be called to discuss and find consensus on the new 

Jono then asked the crowd if they felt Xubuntu needed a leader and, if 
so, would it be Cody Somerville. He continued by asking if everyone 
would be happy if Cody lead the project based upon the earlier agreed 
goals, and if everyone felt that Xubuntu would REALLY KICK ARSE with 
Cody leading the project. Besides Jonathon Carter pointing out that 
Xubuntu already kicked arse (seconded by Vincent), everyone agreed that 
Xubuntu required a leader and that they would be happy with Cody 
Somerville being that leader.

Finally, Jono asked Cody if he would lead the Xubuntu project. Cody agreed.

    19:40 <jono> in which case we have made three important steps 
forward here:
    19:40 <jono> 1) picked a leader
    19:40 <jono> 2) agreed on a general mission statement of goals
    19:40 <jono> 3) agreed that cody-somerville will develop a strategy 
based on that mission statement

The meeting was full of energy, motivation, and excitement.  You can 
read the full log at 
http://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2008/03/26/%23ubuntu-meeting.html between 
hours 1900 and 2000 or at  

If you weren't able to make it out to this meeting, be sure to catch the 
next one!  We will announce the meeting time once Cody has had a chance 
to prepare the strategy document.  Until that time, please feel free to 
join us in #xubuntu-devel.




As a follow up, I will be discussing some of this strategy with Cody at UDS.



Jono Bacon
Ubuntu Community Manager
www.ubuntu.com / www.jonobacon.org

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