Ubuntu – I am what I am because of who we all are. 02/29/08

My most recent perception of the Ubuntu Linux community.

Friday’s are normally easier days, right? Not my last friday. It was loaded with stress, anger and other emotions. Why? Read here: We’ve let someone go…

The difficult part for me was was finding out you’ve misplaced your trust in someone and in turn it makes you feel like an idiot.

After friday’s “goodbye” session ended, I was left with a mess to clean up and did not really know the best way to approach the matter. Do I email people, don’t I? Do I blog an entry or not? Is this a private matter or a public one? What do I say and to whom? How do I tell people it was not me and in the same breath, not look like a dope?

After much hemming and hawwing (and listening to input from others), I realized it’s my blog and I’m taking it back! I resolved to email some individuals and respond to any messages (from others) that I found. Suffice it to say, this post is not about me, rather about my perception of the community at large.

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The meaning of Ubuntu
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I sent a message to Philip Newborough of CrunchBang.org and Christer Edwards at Ubuntu-tutorials , but Mr. Edwards has not had the time to respond yet, nor for that matter have others. Those that did respond, with advice were very helpful. In particular, I was surprised with the helpfulness, consideration and candour of those that did respond. I imagined that there would be raving mad beasts, red eyed and waiting, with stomping hooves and snorting steam, but my experience was quite the opposite. Everyone was helpful, and that’s when I realized that Linux users, perhaps,supported a more intelligent, understanding community; than I expected.

One representative of the community that I found particularly helpful (in part because of such speedy responses) was Mackenzie Morgan of Ubuntu Linux Tips & Tricks.

She has a nifty blog with lots of Ubuntu goodies, so do check it out when you have a moment, you’ll learn a few helpful things from that blog.

If it were not for her input, I would not have realized that a rather large area was being blocked access to my site. I found that a large number of IP address ranges were being blocked because she could not access the site. That was a 2 minute configuration change, but would never have been fixed had someone (Mackenzie) not told me. She even took extra time out of her day to fully let me know what had transpired, sending me any information she had. In my opinion, I think most individuals would get mad and not do anything to help. Ubuntu Linux Tips & Tricks didn’t do that, but instead chose to help. This (to me) falls under the definition of Ubuntu found here: http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu

“Ubuntu is an African word meaning ‘Humanity to others’, or ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’.”

I was taken aback by the response from Mr. Newborough:

“…No problem, thanks for the email. Sad to hear that someone has been forcefully removed. Was that really necessary, was (re-)educating the individual in the correct use of licensing not an option?
Peace…”

I must be honest and admit that I had not considered this option – Wow!! In retrospect the approach and suggestion came across as a more wiser course of action. I certainly wish I had considered that earlier, I wish I had contacted CrunchBang.org earlier. (Isn’t hindsight great?). His input meant to me “Professional relationships are not things to use, but rather things to grow” and “If something goes wrong, then it’s up to you to help teach the person what is right”. In any event, the response has left me with a lot of valuable insight and food-for-thought. Again, dare I say this is “Ubuntu”.

I anticipated this being a lengthy blog post, but realize that I’ve already expressed my opinion of this community.

I’m impressed, I’m happy that there’s a supported online community. Now I can get back to the subject of re-building my blog with a clear mind. As I’ve mentioned an another post a few days ago…

…I think one positive component of the Ubuntu community is that we are all able to work together despite our differences in religion, politics, language, race… Do I need to go one listing them? I wish the leaders of all our countries could work as well together as this community. We really are “Ubuntu”, “Humanity to others” or “I am what I am because of who we all are.”…

A big thanks to everyone!

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