Bug sent me to LinuxCon in Portland last week. Having used Linux for only two years I found people most welcoming and willing to share their knowledge, but I guess I should have known that would be the case as open source communities <3 sharing info!
I had the pleasure of meeting Linus Torvalds - the *real* Linus Torvalds, AND actually some of the fake Linus Torvalds - make sure to watch the video - that is some fine remix art!
If you know people at Bug, you know we're pretty boisterous and excitable. [insert props to our Minister of Culture here]. Bug, based on Linux, thrives open source goodness and spreads solutions to democratise our current manufacturing environments. So naturally, I was a force on the bowling-for-penguins team that won the Spirit Award!
photo credit: Space Dictator
People kept asking us where we all worked together, and the truth was we didn't know each other before LinuxCon! In our acceptance speech I explained it was the amazing experience to be part of the open source community and our love of Linux that pulled us together.
Finally, watch this video!! It's Mark Shuttleworth's closing keynote I'm so excited they put it up! I took in what Mark Shuttleworth conveyed in his final Keynote in what makes a successful open source product. Cadence. Quality. Design. He spoke of his leadership at Ubuntu in terms of time based releases on a 2 year cycle, meaning that they needed to come out with something that was worth talking about for 2 years. This is what gives releases value. On projects there is often an 80/20 rule, where 80 percent of the work gets done and makes it stable enough, but the last 20 percent is often where usability studies come in, quality assurance and good design for user test cases. This 20 percent can often take more effort than than the previous 80 percent. The projects that finish that extra 20 precent are often the 20 percent of projects that stand out in the field. Bridging the gap of how developers design and how people use your product in invaluable. He told us that productiveness figures out how to make things better rather than talking about what went wrong.
Back at Bug, I'm proud to say our developers are continuously doing things that make BUG better. Our community is growing and always open. Tuxie the penguin found a home in our Test Kitchen... when he's not taking a break in the freezer. Thanks for a great conference Linux Foundation! Look forward to seeing you next year.