Posted Oct 1, 2008 19:49 UTC (Wed) by flewellyn
In reply to: smoke screen?
Parent article: Ubuntu debuts its Upstream Report
This feels like a bit of a hastily put-together smoke screen for the publicity effect. It's unfortunate since it will yet again put the ubuntu users up against the upstream developers more, after all the flame blogging that has been going on recently.
I see it as precisely the opposite. They are effectively putting themselves on public notice, putting their process of communicating with upstream projects in the public view. This not only encourages others to see exactly what and how the Ubuntu developers are communicating, but also encourages other users and developers to get involved with the process, and encourages the Ubuntu people themselves to make sure they do a good job of it. It's a move towards greater transparency and more public participation, the diametric opposite of a smoke screen.
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