[ubuntu-za] Thoughts on the Accelerated Adoption of Ubuntu (A Reflective Moment)

Ramu Iyer ramu.tizen at gmail.com
Wed Dec 25 19:45:50 UTC 2013

In the book titled "The Art of Action" by Stephen Bungay, I read:

"Linux has no single leader. Self-organizing networks have all the
characteristics we have observed to be cornerstones of directed
opportunism: a lot of people taking independent decisions on the basis of
shared intent and high mutual trust. The strong connection between the top
and bottom of a hierarchy creatived by a briefing cascade is replaced by a
strong network with widely-dispersed knowledge and myriad dense

 As 2013 comes to an end, I feel that there is powerful synergy between the
philosophy of the late Nelson Mandela and Ubuntu:

/* Quotes attributed to Nelson Mandela */

“As a leader… I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every
person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion.
Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a consensus of what I
heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom: a leader is like a
shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead,
whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being
directed from behind.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over
it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers
that fear.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”


My aspiration is to be a resource-at-large to increase awareness and
promote the adoption of Linux in suburbs beyond Redmond and Belleuve
(Windows ecosystem). I'd like to be leveraged as a resource who is willing
to help as needed.  When folks visit a public library, they only have
access to Windows machines. Most next generation folks may not be aware of
Linux (Ubuntu) as an alternative.

What are some creative ways to shift the bias towards Linux and create
those "Aha" moments?

If he [Mark Shuttleworth] wanted, the company could become profitable on
its PC and server business right now by dropping the mobile work. But for
now, it invests in its future because Shuttleworth thinks dumping mobile
would cut the company off from a major part of computing.
"It would give it a lifespan measured in years," Shuttleworth said. "Not
decades, years."

Thanks for sharing any thoughts and helping me create an action plan.

Best wishes and a Happy New Year!

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