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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the ask-away dept.

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In addition to founding Canonical Ltd., the Ubuntu Foundation, and funding the Freedom Toaster, Mark Shuttleworth is a space enthusiast. In April 2002 Mark became the second self-funded space tourist and the first African in space. He spent eight days participating in experiments on the International Space Station as part of his $20 million trip. Now he's ready to answer your questions. Ask him anything you like, but please limit yourself to one question per post.

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The Next Frontier? (2, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 2 years ago | (#42094505)

We've seen Linux go from servers to supercomputers to smartphones in a very explosive manner but not as pervasively on the personal computer. What, in your opinion, is the next frontier for Linux and is that frontier part of Canonical's future?

Re:The Next Frontier? (2)

gmuslera (3436) | about 2 years ago | (#42095485)

If space is the final frontier, i would say that installing Ubuntu in the ISS is a previous step.

Anyway, i would say that getting major hardware vendors on board targetting consumers with desktop linux (included and/or providing proper drivers, like they do with Windows) should be the next one. Microsoft is giving a golden hand convincing everyone that they should go elsewhere, and Linux and Ubuntu are right there.

Debian (1, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 2 years ago | (#42094521)

In the 1990s you aided in Debian development and now you've brought the world Ubuntu. Since you diverged from Debian and became the Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator for Life, do you have anything positive to say about Debian's progress?

Mars colonization (2)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | about 2 years ago | (#42094547)

Are you interested in colonizing Mars?


Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094549)

Hm ??

And stunts of publicity, do you fall for them or only create them ??

Hm ??

Ubuntu Gaming (5, Interesting)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 2 years ago | (#42094567)

Once Steam for Linux comes out on Ubuntu, what is the first game you will download and play?

Re:Ubuntu Gaming (4, Interesting)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#42094641)

on a related note will steam for ubuntu be put in the software center or will it be treated as a competitor to your commercial offerings in the software center now that they sell more than just games?

In Spaaaaaaace... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094579)

Two parter:
Has your visit to low orbit changed your perspective on any aspect of life?

And less importantly, will there be a variant of your Freedom Toaster that also has a slot to accept bread?

Re:In Spaaaaaaace... (2)

ciderbrew (1860166) | about 2 years ago | (#42094929)

And should world leaders be sent into space (I get the inherent joke) to see how fragile the little blue ball is? We are all one.

technologies yet to come (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094595)

In your opinion, what technologies are yet to come before humans can live sustainably on Mars, but may not have been discussed in mainstream circles?

People's Reactions (5, Interesting)

jkflying (2190798) | about 2 years ago | (#42094615)

I heard a story of you sitting in on a LUG dressed in a Darth Vader mask so people wouldn't recognise you until the end of the talk. Do you find that people treat you very differently now that you are famous, and seeing that a lot of people take exception to the direction you have taken Ubuntu? How do you deal with this, and what steps do you take to make sure you stay grounded in reality?

Unity (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094623)

Dude. Really. WTF?

Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (4, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 2 years ago | (#42094679)

Dude. Really. WTF?

Although it doesn't fully address "WTF?", he has spoken about this in prior interviews [techcentral.co.za] :

DM: Ubuntu has adopted a new user interface called Unity. That seems well suited to tablet devices. Is this part of a plan to extend Ubuntu on tablets and other mobile computing and touch-based platforms?

MS: We haven’t said that, and it’s not the right time for me to say any such thing. [Laughs.] But if you look at it, Unity is born of an era where touch is important, and we’ve done quite a bit of work around touch generally and it brings a level of clarity and device-like simplicity to Linux desktops that just hadn’t been there before.

DM: Unity has attracted a fair share of criticism.

MS: Sure, it created something of a storm. The idea for us was we wanted to bring design-led engineering to the Linux desktop so we followed a fairly rigorous process of design. That meant testing assumptions and evaluating each little change on the basis of some realistic test of how people reacted to change. It is a fairly radical shift from where we were previously but we can see a fairly clear roadmap of where we want to get to over the next few months and years and not all of that is evident in the release so far.

[Unity] has raised the bar for usability on the Linux desktop. That’s not to say it’s without its issues. There are some quite definite issues in that first release, but when we did a detailed review of that versus the alternatives, it came out well ahead. It was the right one for us to ship at the time.

Re:Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (2)

0123456 (636235) | about 2 years ago | (#42094771)

[Unity] has raised the bar for usability on the Linux desktop.

My girlfriend would disagree. We run Unity on the netbook and she's continually asking where some random window has disappeared to and why she can't find the menu bar.

Unity made some useful changes for small screen devices like the netbook, but overall it's a disaster for Linux usability. Now I'm running XFCE on my laptop I'll probably switch the netbook over to it as well.

Re:Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (1, Flamebait)

joaosantos (1519241) | about 2 years ago | (#42094875)

Don't let your girlfriend near Windows 8... Or Mac OS... Or elementary... Or any other OS that doesn't follow Windows 3.11 conventions.

Re:Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (2, Insightful)

rubycodez (864176) | about 2 years ago | (#42095033)

Nonsense. Mac OSX UI is ok, one can tell where the windows went.

Windows 8 UI is dumbed down garbage just like Unity though.

How about we don't let YOU near any UI design group, you've no discernment nor wisdom

Re:Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (1)

joaosantos (1519241) | about 2 years ago | (#42095207)

I don't understand what you mean by window went. You are talking about minimization? The reason the dash shows by default nowadays?

Re:Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (1)

silviuc (676999) | about 2 years ago | (#42094883)

Did the XFCE crew fix that ancient bug in the file manager that shows all drives/partitions as being mounted even if only some of them actually are?

Re:Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (4, Funny)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about 2 years ago | (#42095349)

[Unity] has raised the bar for usability on the Linux desktop.

My girlfriend would disagree. We run Unity on the netbook and she's continually asking where some random window has disappeared to and why she can't find the menu bar.

Unity made some useful changes for small screen devices like the netbook, but overall it's a disaster for Linux usability. Now I'm running XFCE on my laptop I'll probably switch the netbook over to it as well.

Most people that have been using computers dislike Unity. Your girlfriend is with most of the rest of the computing world.

Err, wait that came out wrong. Unity was supposed to be targeted at a more general computing audience but is missing the mark. What I mean is that Mark Shuttleworth wants to get with your girlfriend.

Dammit, that wasn't what I meant either.

Re:Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (2)

You're All Wrong (573825) | about 2 years ago | (#42094987)

> [Unity] has raised the bar for usability on the Linux desktop.

"Raising the bar" makes something harder. That might not be what you want for a desktop interface!

Re:Prior Comments on Unity Criticism (3, Insightful)

rubycodez (864176) | about 2 years ago | (#42095057)

They've lowered the amount of usable screen space though. also the number of tasks that can be dealt with in an efficient manner as opposed to a mature windowing environment. Raising the level of uselessness, as it were.

Re:Unity (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094957)

It's a conspiracy to shift people into using Xubuntu, which is worlds better.

Re:Unity (4, Insightful)

rubycodez (864176) | about 2 years ago | (#42095069)

or into Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint where they actually have standard good UIs installed like Mate and Cinnamon

Windows 8 (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094629)

Windows 8 has been launched and did not receive a very warm welcome from the market so there's another chance for Ubuntu and although Apple's OS X is a nice alternative, Ubuntu would even be better, however when looking 'in the field' (European Enterprise, SME, ) there is so much Windows (custom applications, custom hardware, widely used applications etc etc etc) that the cost and process of replacing those is too complex and too expensive. And as always, end user like evolution, not revolution.

Wouldn't it be better to integratie a CrossOver alike solution (or Crossover) in Ubuntu that allows easier transition from win32//64 to Ubuntu?

Re:Windows 8 (0)

rubycodez (864176) | about 2 years ago | (#42095091)

except that Unity presents the user with the same ilk of garbage UI that windows 8 has. Follow the leader as they auger into the ground.....

Linux in Space (1)

Zeroblitzt (871307) | about 2 years ago | (#42094643)

If and when we colonize the moon, will you fight for Ubuntu to be the OS-of-choice?

The Last Question (3, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | about 2 years ago | (#42094655)

"Can entropy be reversed?"

Re:The Last Question (5, Funny)

rubycodez (864176) | about 2 years ago | (#42095139)


sudo apt-get remove account-plugin-aim account-plugin-facebook account-plugin-flickr account-plugin-google account-plugin-icons account-plugin-identica account-plugin-jabber account-plugin-salut account-plugin-twitter account-plugin-windows-live account-plugin-yahoo activity-log-manager-common activity-log-manager-control-center adium-theme-ubuntu aisleriot apg appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt apturl apturl-common bamfdaemon baobab bluez-gstreamer branding-ubuntu brasero brasero-cdrkit brasero-common checkbox checkbox-qt compiz compiz-core compiz-gnome compiz-plugins-default cracklib-runtime cryptsetup-bin dconf-tools deja-dup duplicity dvd+rw-tools empathy empathy-common eog evolution-data-server evolution-data-server-common example-content folks-common freerdp-x11 gedit gedit-common geoclue geoclue-ubuntu-geoip gir1.2-accounts-1.0 gir1.2-dbusmenu-glib-0.4 gir1.2-dee-1.0 gir1.2-gdata-0.0 gir1.2-gnomebluetooth-1.0 gir1.2-gnomekeyring-1.0 gir1.2-goa-1.0 gir1.2-gst-plugins-base-0.10 gir1.2-gstreamer-0.10 gir1.2-gtksource-3.0 gir1.2-indicate-0.7 gir1.2-messagingmenu-1.0 gir1.2-notify-0.7 gir1.2-peas-1.0 gir1.2-rb-3.0 gir1.2-signon-1.0 gir1.2-syncmenu-0.1 gir1.2-totem-1.0 gir1.2-totem-plparser-1.0 gir1.2-ubuntuoneui-3.0 gir1.2-unity-5.0 gnome-bluetooth gnome-contacts gnome-control-center gnome-control-center-data gnome-control-center-signon gnome-desktop3-data gnome-disk-utility gnome-font-viewer gnome-icon-theme-symbolic gnome-mahjongg gnome-media gnome-menus gnome-online-accounts gnome-orca gnome-power-manager gnome-screensaver gnome-screenshot gnome-session gnome-session-bin gnome-session-canberra gnome-session-common gnome-settings-daemon gnome-system-log gnome-system-monitor gnome-terminal gnome-terminal-data gnome-user-share growisofs gstreamer0.10-gconf guile-1.8-libs gwibber gwibber-service gwibber-service-facebook gwibber-service-identica gwibber-service-twitter hwdata indicator-appmenu indicator-datetime indicator-messages indicator-power indicator-printers indicator-session intel-gpu-tools landscape-client-ui-install libaccount-plugin-1.0-0 libaccounts-glib0 libaccounts-qt1 libatk-adaptor libatk-adaptor-data libaudio2 libavahi-gobject0 libbamf3-0 libboost-date-time1.49.0 libbrasero-media3-1 libcamel-1.2-40 libcanberra-gtk-module libcanberra-gtk0 libcanberra-pulse libclutter-1.0-0 libclutter-1.0-common libclutter-gst-1.0-0 libclutter-gtk-1.0-0 libcmis-0.2-2 libcogl-common libcogl-pango0 libcogl9 libcompizconfig0 libcrack2 libcrypt-passwdmd5-perl libcryptsetup4 libcurl3-nss libdbusmenu-qt2 libdecoration0 libdee-1.0-4 libdiscid0 libdmapsharing-3.0-2 libebackend-1.2-5 libebook-1.2-14 libecal-1.2-15 libedata-book-1.2-15 libedata-cal-1.2-18 libedataserver-1.2-17 libexempi3 libexttextcat-1.0-0 libexttextcat-data libfolks-eds25 libfolks-telepathy25 libfolks25 libfreerdp-plugins-standard libfreerdp1 libgail-common libgail18 libgdata-common libgdata13 libgexiv2-1 libglew1.8 libglewmx1.8 libgmime-2.6-0 libgnome-control-center1 libgnome-desktop-3-4 libgnome-media-profiles-3.0-0 libgnome-menu2 libgnomekbd-common libgnomekbd8 libgoa-1.0-0 libgoa-1.0-common libgpgme11 libgpod-common libgpod4 libgtksourceview-3.0-0 libgtksourceview-3.0-common libgtkspell-3-0 libgweather-3-1 libgweather-common libgwibber-gtk3 libgwibber3 libhyphen0 libjs-jquery liblircclient0 liblouis-data liblouis2 liblvm2app2.2 libmessaging-menu0 libmetacity-private0a libmission-control-plugins0 libmng1 libmtp-common libmtp-runtime libmtp9 libmusicbrainz5-0 libmx-1.0-2 libmx-bin libmx-common libmysqlclient18 libmythes-1.2-0 libneon27-gnutls libnux-3.0-0 libnux-3.0-common liboauth0 libpackagekit-glib2-14 libpam-freerdp libpeas-1.0-0 libpeas-common libprotobuf7 libprotoc7 libproxy1-plugin-gsettings libproxy1-plugin-networkmanager libpth20 libpwquality1 libpython3.2 libqjson0 libqt4-dbus libqt4-declarative libqt4-designer libqt4-help libqt4-network libqt4-script libqt4-scripttools libqt4-sql libqt4-sql-mysql libqt4-sql-sqlite libqt4-svg libqt4-test libqt4-xml libqt4-xmlpatterns libqtassistantclient4 libqtcore4 libqtgui4 libqtwebkit4 libquvi-scripts libquvi7 libraw5 libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-calc libreoffice-common libreoffice-core libreoffice-draw libreoffice-emailmerge libreoffice-gnome libreoffice-gtk libreoffice-help-en-us libreoffice-impress libreoffice-math libreoffice-ogltrans libreoffice-pdfimport libreoffice-presentation-minimizer libreoffice-presenter-console libreoffice-style-human libreoffice-style-tango libreoffice-writer librest-0.7-0 librhythmbox-core6 librsync1 libsgutils2-2 libsignon-extension1 libsignon-glib1 libsignon-plugins-common1 libsignon-qt1 libssh-4 libstlport4.6ldbl libsync-menu1 libsyncdaemon-1.0-1 libtelepathy-farstream2 libtelepathy-logger2 libtimezonemap1 libtotem-plparser17 libtotem0 libubuntuoneui-3.0-1 libufe-xidgetter0 libunity-core-6.0-5 libunity-misc4 libunity-protocol-private0 libunity-webapps0 libunity9 libvncserver0 libwacom-common libwacom2 libwmf0.2-7-gtk libzeitgeist-1.0-1 light-themes lightdm-remote-session-freerdp lightdm-remote-session-uccsconfigure linux-headers-generic-pae mcp-account-manager-uoa media-player-info metacity-common mousetweaks mysql-common nautilus nautilus-sendto nautilus-sendto-empathy nautilus-share notify-osd notify-osd-icons nux-tools obexd-client overlay-scrollbar overlay-scrollbar-gtk2 overlay-scrollbar-gtk3 plymouth-theme-ubuntu-logo protobuf-compiler pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pulseaudio-module-gconf python-apport python-configglue python-gnupginterface python-mako python-markupsafe python-problem-report python-protobuf python-pyinotify python-qt4 python-qt4-dbus python-simplejson python-sip python-twisted-names python-ubuntuone-client python-ubuntuone-control-panel python-ubuntuone-storageprotocol python-uno python-zeitgeist python3-brlapi python3-crypto python3-httplib2 python3-louis python3-lxml python3-oauthlib python3-pyatspi2 python3-pycurl python3-speechd qdbus qt-at-spi remmina remmina-common remmina-plugin-rdp remmina-plugin-vnc remote-login-service rhythmbox rhythmbox-data rhythmbox-mozilla rhythmbox-plugin-cdrecorder rhythmbox-plugin-magnatune rhythmbox-plugin-zeitgeist rhythmbox-plugins rhythmbox-ubuntuone seahorse session-migration shotwell signon-keyring-extension signon-plugin-oauth2 signon-plugin-password signon-ui signond sni-qt ssh-askpass-gnome syslinux syslinux-common syslinux-legacy telepathy-gabble telepathy-haze telepathy-idle telepathy-indicator telepathy-logger telepathy-mission-control-5 telepathy-salut thin-client-config-agent thunderbird-gnome-support totem totem-common totem-mozilla totem-plugins ubuntu-artwork ubuntu-desktop ubuntu-docs ubuntu-mono ubuntu-settings ubuntu-sounds ubuntu-sso-client-qt ubuntu-system-service ubuntu-wallpapers ubuntu-wallpapers-quantal ubuntuone-client ubuntuone-client-gnome ubuntuone-control-panel ubuntuone-control-panel-qt ubuntuone-couch udisks unity unity-asset-pool unity-common unity-greeter unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files unity-lens-gwibber unity-lens-music unity-lens-photos unity-lens-shopping unity-lens-video unity-scope-gdocs unity-scope-musicstores unity-scope-video-remote unity-services unity-webapps-common unity-webapps-service uno-libs3 ure usb-creator-common usb-creator-gtk vino wodim xdiagnose xfonts-mathml xul-ext-unity xul-ext-websites-integration zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub \

&& sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop && sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -g lightdm-gtk-greeter

Re:The Last Question (2)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | about 2 years ago | (#42095353)

Download Mint is a much shorter comment.

Re:The Last Question (3, Informative)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#42095499)

Instead of "apt-get remove" you can also use "apt-get purge" to wipe the respective config files too.

Free Software (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094657)

Why does Canonical implement and develop software that does not respect a user's four essential software freedoms?

- The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).

- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).

- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

What is your favorite... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094661)

Slot machine?

I'm a big fan of Glitter & Gold. Also, you should make it so linux users can install slot machine games (that use real money) on Ubuntu, and have them run by Ubuntu. Even with a 90% payout you would be rolling in money.

hardware? (1)

Faisal Rehman (2424374) | about 2 years ago | (#42094687)

Why don't you start making and shipping ubuntu hardware for laptop and mobile phone.

African? (1, Troll)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 2 years ago | (#42094693)

So, if he moved to the US, and became a citizen, he would be "African American"? Not sure that would go over very well with the Politically Correct Class.

Re:African? (2)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#42094763)

I know some white south africans who became US citizens and to answer your question, no, the politically correct class does not like them very much at all when they self-identify as afro-american. Especially WRT college admissions quotas and such. I lost track of those guys after high school but I assume they're still confusing HR personnel to this day.

Re:African? (4, Funny)

heypete (60671) | about 2 years ago | (#42095317)

Indeed. I know a white South African who is now a US citizen. He annoys HR guys.

HR: "So, it says here you're African-American."
Him: "Yup."
HR: "...but you're white."
Him: "You never asked my skin color. My parents are South African. I was born in South Africa. I grew up in South Africa. I spent much of my adult life in South Africa. I've since immigrated to the US and am a US citizen. How could I be anything other than African-American?"
HR: "..."

Re:African? (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | about 2 years ago | (#42094961)

That's fantastic - I didn't think of that. A whole comedy sitcom just for that one thing.

Re:African? (1)

game kid (805301) | about 2 years ago | (#42095241)

Teresa Heinz [baltimoresun.com] comes to mind.

Tablets (3)

thePsychologist (1062886) | about 2 years ago | (#42094711)

Hi Mark! It seems based on your blog and other sources that an Ubuntu tablet is definitely planned and should be in the works at least sometime in the next year. When do you think consumers will be able to walk into any decently-sized electronic store and pick up an Ubuntu-based tablet?

Advertising (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 2 years ago | (#42094715)

What's with the advertising in launchpad and the software center in 12.10 and can it be disabled (I'd be willing to pay to get rid of it)?

Did NASA cry about your visit to the ISS too? (2)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#42094727)

Did NASA bitch and whine about your trip on your ISS too, the way they did Dennis Tito (for daring to be a space tourist on a Russian rocket instead of a proper American-Non-Commie-John-Wayne one)?

funding space (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094731)

Given the current global financial turmoil and the drawdown on space programs (e.g. space shuttle program retirement), do you see a need for the private sector to lead space efforts? Possibly in pursue of commercial opportunities? What are some commercial opportunities that would provide sufficient ROI to motivate the investment?

Governmental Roles In Space? (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 2 years ago | (#42094751)

Since you like to comment on both government interaction with businesses and seem to be interested in space travel, what is the appropriate level of the government's role in space? Can you define what is too little and what is too far? What, if anything, should each nation regulate? Are nationalistic programs and races good for space travel or should it just all be privatized and given a sort of 'international waters' anything goes freedom?

Space Sickness (2)

Ashenkase (2008188) | about 2 years ago | (#42094755)

When you made your trip to the ISS in 2002 there were reports that your body had some challenges transitioning into a micro-gravity environment. Many astronauts have similar challenges, can you tell us what physical challenges you encountered, the duration and what if anything did you do to overcome those challenges.

The Freedom Toaster (2)

Minwee (522556) | about 2 years ago | (#42094773)

I just wanted to say that I was very excited when I first heard the phrase "Freedom Toaster", but felt sad and let down when I found out that it was actually a CD writer.

Is there any way that toasted bread can be used bring about individual liberty?

Re:The Freedom Toaster (2)

bigredradio (631970) | about 2 years ago | (#42094879)

I was very excited when I first heard the phrase "Freedom Toaster"

You mean there is already a French Toaster?

A couple of questions (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 2 years ago | (#42094815)

  • How hard was it to start and run a global Internet company in South Africa? Why certificates?
  • Did you get to keep your space suit?
  • There has been talk of Ubuntu getting more gaming support. Can you elaborate on this?
  • Why doesn't Ubuntu include Android emulation so people can run their vast catalog of Android apps on their laptop, tablet or the like?

Re:A couple of questions (4, Funny)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about 2 years ago | (#42095363)

Ask him anything you like, but please limit yourself to one question per post.

What part of one question per post did you not understand?

Re:A couple of questions (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 2 years ago | (#42095463)

I thought we weren't supposed to read the articles/links in Slashdot! Ok, I'm splitting things up.

Re:A couple of questions (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about 2 years ago | (#42095525)

I thought we weren't supposed to read the articles/links in Slashdot! Ok, I'm splitting things up.

But it was in the summary.

Re:A couple of questions (2)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 2 years ago | (#42095465)

How hard was it to start and run a global Internet company in South Africa? Why certificates?

Re:A couple of questions (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 2 years ago | (#42095475)

Did you get to keep your space suit?

Re:A couple of questions (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 2 years ago | (#42095479)

There has been talk of Ubuntu getting more gaming support. Can you elaborate on this?

Re:A couple of questions (5, Interesting)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 2 years ago | (#42095489)

Why doesn't Ubuntu include Android emulation so people can run their vast catalog of Android apps on their laptop, tablet or the like?

You intuitively found a break with SSL certific... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094821)

The business that made you money was pure genius in my view. Do you believe there are equal opportunities today, and is Bitcoin a technology worth exploring?

Regarding Unity and Linux Mobile (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094823)

I was going to ask how do you respond to the criticism of Unity, but then I realized the whole point, even the NAME of "Unity." So that begged the real question, what's your outlook on the future of Linux and specifically Ubuntu in the tablet market?

Oracle certification (5, Interesting)

hawkinspeter (831501) | about 2 years ago | (#42094829)

Will Ubuntu ever be a certified platform for running Oracle databases?

Unity? (3, Insightful)

davydagger (2566757) | about 2 years ago | (#42094833)

who do we blame for the Unity UI?

Re:Unity? (2)

joaosantos (1519241) | about 2 years ago | (#42094907)

Usability testing instead of guess work?

20 Million!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42094853)

How do defend spending such an extortionate amount of money on yourself. "20 million could do a lot of good back down here on Earth.

Beer or wine? (1)

michaelrmgreen (1679564) | about 2 years ago | (#42094869)

When you have the choice.

Cool hack (5, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#42094871)

(Insert my standard question for all ask /. tech people)

Describe a hack that you personally participated in that you find cool. Not you paid someone to ... or I once saw someone else ... or you bought something cool that ... I mean traditional hack like "identify problem" "flash of insight in ur brain" "minutes to days of sweat using techie tools" "something cool now exists, lookit". I don't care about the subject as long as its vaguely slashdot style technical and you think its cool and the slashdot audience would think its cool. The coolest hack is not necessarily the biggest or most famous, either. Maybe you have a hobby where you personally programmed the worlds coolest christmas light display on your house, or you handmade a truly elaborate model railroad fully articulated draw bridge, I donno, whatever floats your boat. TLDR just tell your hack story, and make it cool.

The two stages of software development (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | about 2 years ago | (#42094899)

Everybody who writes software knows there are two distinct parts to the job

There's the fun part: writing code, showing off your mental agility, creating stuff, adding the features you would want (and that are easy to do)

Then there's the work part: everything else: the testing, integration, support and documentation.

People love doing the creative bit - they'd probably even pay their employers to let them make software. However they hate every other aspect of producing a professional product. So whenever possible, the maximum amount of time will be spent writing code, adding features and the absolute minimum that they can get away with will be spent producing the least amount of testing, support material, bug fixes and "productising" - after all we (sorry: they) are software developers, not any of those other, lesser, jobs - and work should be FUN, not hard.

Re:The two stages of software development (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | about 2 years ago | (#42094945)

Oh bum. Wrong thread

Re:The two stages of software development (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095471)

Wrong thread perhaps, but a good comment.

South Africa (2, Insightful)

smi.james.th (1706780) | about 2 years ago | (#42094903)

There's a lot of rhetoric bandied about by political figures here at the moment. What do you think would contribute best to the development of South Africa?

Losing its Lustre (5, Insightful)

SkunkPussy (85271) | about 2 years ago | (#42094925)

Do you feel that Ubuntu might be losing its way amongst the more technical users with some of the decisions that are being made? For example, forcing a beta-level UI onto users for 3 versions of Ubuntu from 11.04-12.04, integrating paid search results from Amazon etc. Linux Mint, which is rapidly growing in popularity, would seem to be a backlash against Unity and is a splintering of Ubuntu (in fact the vast majority of packages are identical to Ubuntu). Do you therefore feel that Ubuntu's popularity has reached its peak and is at risk of stagnating or declining?

Canonical producing hardware (2)

Nimless (2782015) | about 2 years ago | (#42094949)

Do you think Canonical and Ubuntu will be able to deliver a good user experience without making (or assembling) their own hardware or laptops like Apple?

How to succeed on the desktop? (5, Interesting)

paulpach (798828) | about 2 years ago | (#42094965)

Linux is a huge success in mobile. Linux is a huge success in servers (and Ubuntu in particular seems to be doing very well in servers, congratulations).

But Linux on the desktop seems to be going nowhere fast [netmarketshare.com] as far as market share is concerned.

In your opinion, what would have to happen in order for Linux to start gaining ground in the desktop?

Re: (3, Interesting)

kurkosdr (2378710) | about 2 years ago | (#42094999)

Can you tell me which computer to buy so that Ubuntu upgrades won't break? (arguably the question most people who have been raped by ubuntu upgrade breakages want to ask).

Why not systemd? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095021)

Lots of distributions are moving to systemd. Why not try to merge some of the upstart functionality into systemd, as it looks like a superior design, and use it rather than developing a parallel but incompatible alternative?

Why still on debian? (1, Insightful)

aglider (2435074) | about 2 years ago | (#42095027)

I understand than relying on someone else hard work saves your company a lot of resources. But it also brings bugs, disputable choices and uncomfortable legacy into Ubuntu. Why not cutting that umbilical cord once and forever and start walking on your own legs?

Re:Why still on debian? (1, Funny)

marcello_dl (667940) | about 2 years ago | (#42095327)

Mr. Shuttleworth, do you know someone that can hunt down parent poster and shred his geek card into tiny pieces?

Serious Question (0)

jaygatsby27 (894445) | about 2 years ago | (#42095031)

Do you like puppies or do you love puppies?

Canonical vs. Red Hat (2)

Bollie (152363) | about 2 years ago | (#42095035)

Your viewpoint on how Ubuntu and Canonical contributes back to the community notwithstanding, there seems to be a stark difference between the management style of Red Hat and that of Canonical.

The perception raised with Unity is that Canonical has decided to diverge from upstream more and more: this is evident from the problems that the Debian project (which contributes the majority of code to Ubuntu) is facing, as well as GNOME and the dissent with the upcoming signed boot EFI implementations.

Red Hat (and the Fedora project) is trying to prevent the balkanization of Linux userspace with projects like systemd, which only Ubuntu rejects.

Red Hat's business model seems to be very successful, and Canonical, despite it's massive desktop market share, doesn't seem to be able to match it in reputation or revenue. Would you attribute this to Red Hat's deeper involvement in the kernel community and higher technical skills?

How much money goes to Debian.org? (2, Interesting)

aglider (2435074) | about 2 years ago | (#42095041)

How much money you devolved to Debian organisation in the past three years?

Orange? (1)

techmuse (160085) | about 2 years ago | (#42095079)

Orange is very pervasive throughout Ubuntu, but isn't often used elsewhere, at least not in the US. I'm wondering if this is your favorite color, or if it is more popular in South Africa, or if there is some other reason that orange was chosen as Ubuntu's signature color/

Why do you keep at it? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095101)

Why do you even bother? Linux sucks.

Will Ubuntu have alternatives to Unity? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095113)

Will Ubuntu do anything to please people who hate the Unity interface on a desktop and want something more classic and usable?

spit or swallow? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095123)

inquiring minds want to know.

I know what you are up to (0)

Nite_Hawk (1304) | about 2 years ago | (#42095137)

Dear Shuttleworth,

Don't think I don't know what you are doing. It was clever of you to have invested $1M in Inktank to support Ceph. That got you a lot of hits on ceph.com. It may take me all year, but through the power of science I will eventually beat your record of who can drive more traffic to our website. Like a master ninja I will blind you with my amazing insights. Just look at my analysis of Ceph's write performance on different disk controllers [ceph.com] . Yeah it didn't get as many hits as your little investment announcement [arstechnica.com] , but this is just the beginning. So my questions is, do you want to just give up now?


(Nelson, not Shuttleworth!)

ubuntu on tablets (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095143)

We have seen efforts to run Ubuntu 13.04 on Nexus Tablet 7 Google. Now that Google hit the market with the "Nexus 10", shall we see the same efforts for this tablet? Are going to be an official or supported version of Ubuntu for these tablets?

Microsoft closing the gap (3, Interesting)

coldsalmon (946941) | about 2 years ago | (#42095145)

Over the last several years, Microsoft has done much to close the gap in terms of performance, stability and security. What do you see as Ubuntu/Linux's primary selling points on the desktop now, as opposed to the early years of the Ubuntu project when Windows had significant problems in these areas?

Balance between software freedom and usability? (4, Insightful)

Bradmont (513167) | about 2 years ago | (#42095173)

Ubuntu has made decisions that have been less than popular with the Free-software only crowd. Personally, I benefit from these decisions, for example, via easy access to Nvidia and Broadcom drivers on my laptop, but I also see the importance of the other side of the argument. What is your short- and long-term perspective on including restricted drivers and non-free software in Ubuntu? Is your approach simply pragmatic, do you hope to bring long-term change in industry practises by making free software a viable and important desktop platform, or something else entirely? Thanks!

My question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095211)

If you were a hot dog and you were hungry, would you eat yourself?

Shuttleworth.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095259)

Was your trip with the *shuttle* *worth* it ? Did your parents plan for you to go to space when giving you a name ? Oh bugger, that's two questions. Nevermind.

At the end of the day (0, Flamebait)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 2 years ago | (#42095263)

When you make a well thought out UI design tradeoff decision that angers traditionalist unix geeks who don't get the fundamentals of interaction design, does their reaction make you feel immensely satisfied or does it make you feel disturbed? Or some of both?

Programming (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095309)

Are you doing any programming stuff for fun, and what environements/languages do you prefer in that case?

Thanks for being an inspiration.

Wayland (1)

diego.viola (1104521) | about 2 years ago | (#42095351)

When is Ubuntu going to ship Wayland by default?

Here's a question for you: (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095361)

Why don't you go fuck yourself?

Stop associating yourself with the Linux community. Ubuntu is NOT Linux. Is it to Linux, what Windows 8 is to Linux. Software based on the philosophy of targeting the biggest retard out there, with the purpose of creating an even bigger retard, until the glorious goal of "MS Bob'tard" is reached, where all you have to do, is drool in the general direction of a tablet (= NOT computer) screen, where it is red and says "WAAAHHHH", and the thing instantly does what it tells you you want to do. (In the same way that Google search tells you you want to search for 'uncle donald' even though you specifically entered '+"uncle dolan"' [just an example, kids].)

While hiding away all the advantages and points that make Linux so awesome in the first place, like it's something to be ashamed of, because those lazy fucktards you call your target group are so lazy that they are literally dumber than a chimp (= level of a 4 year old human.), and you act like that is acceptable. When there's children in an Ethiopian mountain village who can't read or write, and manage, within a few days, to surf the Internet, install "apps" and even mod the OS of the Android tablets that were put there in boxes for them to discover, then unless somebody is mentally disabled, NOBODY got ANY excuse WHATSOEVER for not using shell scripting & co like normal people.

Quality (4, Interesting)

Bogtha (906264) | about 2 years ago | (#42095367)

I used Linux for over a decade as my main OS, eventually ending up on Ubuntu. When I started using Linux, it had a reputation for being rock-solid and about as stable as you can possibly get, and I was happy with that. Newer hardware wasn't supported very well, but older hardware support was unparalleled. This was also reflected in the beginning of Ubuntu - I seem to recall you had a push to make sure the hardware on every laptop model was supported as best it could be.

However as the years progressed, I found Linux becoming more and more buggy and unstable. The final straw was when I tried to upgrade Ubuntu, and not only had I lost hardware support for several things, but there were even crashes upon loading the LiveCD installer (this was solid hardware that lasted for a couple more years). I bounced around trying to find the stability from years ago, but never found it. Today, I'm using OS X, which is far more stable than Linux in the last few years I was using it.

What happened?

Why remove configurability of power users? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095371)

Is it worth the backlash (user migration to mint,arch etc.) of removing power-user configurability for better code maintenance(or any other excuse)? I for one can not understand this trend, the removal of dodge active window on lancher, middle mouse for new tab in firefox bookmarks etcetc from even the advanced settings.

ISS (1)

The Todd Bauer (2772247) | about 2 years ago | (#42095387)

During your round trip from earth to ISS and back, what was the *least* interesting, or dare I say, boring part of the experience for you or the mission crew?

Linux Mint (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095391)

What do you think of Linux Mint becoming one of the most popular Linux distributions and is there anything that the Ubuntu Foundation can learn from its popularity?

Ubuntu future (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095393)

Do you see ubuntu (desktop) evolving into a more "Droid" like interface or staying on the similar path it's on?

Adobe Creative Suite on Ubuntu (5, Interesting)

x77696C6C79 (2782049) | about 2 years ago | (#42095419)

Have you talked with Adobe about bringing the Creative Suite (or parts of it) to Ubuntu? Please don't point to open source alternatives in your answer.

Why did you insist on Amazon integration? (2)

pointyhat (2649443) | about 2 years ago | (#42095427)

Why did you insist on integrating Amazon searches into the product despite users' concerns and complaints to the contrary? A large body of users including myself consider this to be abhorrent and a step back to the dark ages of sponsored software (remember Bonzi Buddy)?

touch screen vs keyboard & mouse interface (3, Interesting)

Browzer (17971) | about 2 years ago | (#42095457)

two parter:

1. Do you think the touch screen interface already the standard on phones and tablets will replace the traditional standard of keyboard & mouse interface on desktops/laptops in the next 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?

2. On a desktop/laptop, do you think a touch screen interface would be as functional/productive/efficient as keyboard & mouse?


The question of the last millennium.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42095527)

Coke or Pepsi?

Primarily KDE (2)

snadrus (930168) | about 2 years ago | (#42095557)

I love Unity, but notice all the work items this cycle are around things KDE already has (Widgets from multiple vendors, compositor performance, File manager isn't onboard, preparing for Wayland). Is the KDE compositor & utilities a better direction for Unity?
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