[ubuntu-uk] Community distro ?

Jonathan Riddell jriddell at ubuntu.com
Tue Mar 20 01:15:40 GMT 2007

On Mon, Mar 19, 2007 at 11:32:45PM +0000, Michael Wood wrote:
> Firstly: 
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork#head-8c391b3699f3571c2aedfa7cb78adb4623206933
> "Feisty artwork will be designed by kwwii -- of Kubuntu Edgy and KDE 
> Oxygen Icon fame. He will be working closely with sabdfl in the design. 
> Do not expect community involvement in defining this portion."
> This seems to contradict entirely the description of ubuntu "Ubuntu is a 
> community developed, linux-based operating system ...." - Ubuntu.com .

It's surprisingly difficult to create top quality artwork without
commercial direction.  The artwork of both desktops is majority funded
by companies.  Ubuntu Edgy tried to do community artwork but it was
all reverted due to quality issues.  All the commercial distributions
use their own commercially created artwork and the non-commercial
distros use the defaults of the desktops with custom wallpapers.

> These two issues I have seem to be linked by  my feeling that ubuntu is 
> an organisation who's community only has a pseudo influence over 
> decisions that really matter. It would be in the ubuntu communities 
> interest to be a sponsor of GUADEC and to have community involved art 
> work. 

That has always been the case, the name SABDFL was chosen for a
reason, he has always retained the right to decide on any factor of
the distribution.  But if the community complains loud enough that
will be heard, as happened with the warty artwork.


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