Our Networking Story

Robie Basak robie.basak at ubuntu.com
Fri Mar 7 12:57:37 UTC 2014

On Thu, Mar 06, 2014 at 01:32:17PM -0800, Benjamin Kerensa wrote:
> Why was it  necessary to have discussions internally when they could
> have been open by default?

(wearing both my Canonical and Ubuntu hats)

Are Canonical employees not allowed to speak to each other now? I think
you're being unreasonable. As far as I can tell, Bryan spoke to his
colleagues about specific problems, reached consensus with his
colleagues that these are real problems that affect Ubuntu more
generally, and has brought his problem set and thoughts up for public
discussion on public mailing lists and at UDS. He's done this (as far as
I can tell) before any implementation, or even any thought as to what
any decision Ubuntu makes should be.

Note that I (Canonical Server Team + Ubuntu Server Team) am as new to
this as you are. I'm not aware of any prior internal discussion. The
first I heard of this was when he asked, on a public IRC channel, to
have the blueprint that he'd written approved, and I (remember, I'm
Canonical staff) asked him to email the public list to make sure that
his concerns reach as wide a public audience as possible.

He's done exactly the right thing, and now you're berating him for this?
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