Phoronix: Many people believe the success of Ubuntu is dependent upon your technical and financial wealth. Do you believe Ubuntu would be where it is at today if it were not for your fame and fortune?
Mark: That’s an interesting question. We definitely benefited in the early days from the fact that I have been quite high profile but increasingly I think Ubuntu stands on its own two feet. I am asked less and less about space in interviews and more about real things that have come up organically within the Ubuntu community and within the developer base. I certainly think that being high profile helped to get the project started, there’s no doubt about that, but increasingly I believe that Ubuntu has established its own credibility as a project in its own right. That’s full credit not to me but to the whole community. If you read Planet Ubuntu or participate in some of the mailing lists you know that there is something special about that community, they have really earned that reputation.
Published in May 30th, 2007
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