FOSS Week in Review
Well, so much for an easy week. I was ready to kick back, give Fedora 22 a further test run and pop open a cold one (root beer, of course) while I wrapped up the week with items like Jim Whitehurst’s busy week which included, among other things, an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” a review of Bodhi Linux on about.com, of all places, which I found interesting in a quirky way. And maybe — just maybe — we could all talk about Richard Stallman claiming the OS we all use should be called GNU, oblivious to the fact that this particular train left the station, oh, 20 years ago or thereabout.
But no. Now I have to make popcorn, sit back, and watch this drama unfold.
The $143,000 question: Softpedia reported earlier this week that there’s a unaccounted-for $143,000 in donations to Ubuntu that the Ubuntu Community Council can’t seem to find. While this doesn’t seem to be a new story, if mailing list traffic is any indication, it is an issue that does pique the interest for — what do you call them again? Oh yeah — answers.
Go ahead and take a look at the numbers on the Ubuntu Community website. What is somewhat interesting is that it appears that Ubuntu may just be a victim of shoddy accounting, though the take on the first six-month period is about three times more than taken in during the next full year, when incidentally they started tracking this.
My hope is that answers will be forthcoming, but that remains to be seen. Also, on the surface, again this seems like bad accounting moreso than anything nefarious. But again, those are answers that are going to have to come from the Ubuntu Community Council.
Bill and Ted seem to be making the best observation of the situation at the moment.
Speaking of strange things being afoot at the Circle K…
Kubuntu ‘Leader’ Gets the Boot: First things first — Kubuntu doesn’t have an official “project leader,” but when someone asks Kubunteros who their leader is, most of them, if not all of them, point to Jonathan Riddell.
According to a story in OMG! Ubuntu!, the Ubuntu Community Council — still looking for that $143,000 or at least trying to account for it — decided it is no longer recognizing Riddell’s de facto leadership of Kubuntu — leadership he says he has never actually claimed.
Nevertheless, the boot comes, of course, with the imprimatur of Mark Shuttleworth himself. Much of this friction stems from a clarification Riddell requested of Canonical’s licensing policies regarding derivative distributions, like — oh, I don’t know, let’s take a wild guess — Kubuntu. Not getting satisfactory answers caused an unfavorable reaction by Riddell which didn’t sit right with some Community Council members.
Arguably, a lack of transparency is nothing new in Ubuntu circles — some accept this as business-as-usual and some have the unmitigated gall to seek more transparency — and the rest of the gory details can be found in the OMG! Ubuntu! article linked above. Also, long-time Kubuntu contributor Scott Kitterman has a significant amount to say about it in a blog item as well.
The funny thing is, the Kubuntu Council unanimously affirmed that Riddell is to remain on the Kubuntu Council, putting the ball back in the Community Council’s proverbial court.
Your move, Community Council.
Meanwhile, I’m out of popcorn.
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