Going mobile in 2013

Mark Shuttleworth mark at ubuntu.com
Fri Jan 4 12:56:12 UTC 2013

Hi folks

You are at the heart of the most important bastion of free software
today - giving the world a genuinely free platform for innovation and
everyday computing. We can all be very proud of what we have built together.

Today begins a new phase for Ubuntu, and it's a phase that requires our
leadership. We are moving beyond our original goal of delivering
existing free software, to creating whole new ecosystems. We have all
the tools we need:

 * strong governance and values
 * great infrastructure
 * a commitment to quality and design
 * world class foundations
 * community spirit and corporate professionalism, across all members of
the team

I'm writing to invite you all to find a part of this that you can
participate in with passion. Between all of us, we have the skills to
build the crispest, fastest, most beautiful mobile experience. And there
is a blank canvas waiting for your contribution and leadership - not
only in the core of the platform, with Unity, but across the whole range
of apps and capabilities that this mobile world demands.

Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and *create*. Think of an app or
system feature that you think is really important to have, apply what
we've learned about design thinking and your own imagination to find
elegant, new, fresh ways to deliver that capability, and join us in
shaping something that can take the world by storm. Start at
developer.ubuntu.com and unleash your creativity, rigour and expertise.

Our mission has always been "for human beings". As a mobile platform, we
can reach vastly more of the world than ever before. And as the platform
which is pioneering convergence, we can provide the next generation with
smart phones that are also their gateway to the full world of free
software - a PC in their pocket, a cloud development environment that
can help new innovators create a new world of apps. That's profoundly
important work. You have all already earned your place at the table in
Ubuntu - we've learned to trust each other, respect each other and work
well together. That's a unique foundation for a free, open, mobile
platform. This is going to be amazing.

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