Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Dec 2005 13:17 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Jeff Waugh is an employee of Canonical Limited, the firm behind Ubuntu Linux. In his spare time he works on the GNOME window manager program. Jeff formerly was the release manager for GNOME. On November 7, 2005, Jeff Waugh was far away from his native and current home in Australia. He was at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, as part of his BadgerBadgerBadger tour. Jeff offered his insights into GNOME and Ubuntu in a talk titled 'Running with Scissors'.
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"Lets say that your in the right ( the article claim otherwise ) , thats a problem in itself , but more importantly the fact that your ( Ubuntu ) not fully partnering with the OEM brand means that you have access to only a limited selection of series of Laptop distributed by the top brand name."

Some hardware has been provided by OEMs. Some has been purchased. Out of the 12 laptops I have here, it's about 50/50.

"In other words instead of trying out what the Laptop can do , your looking at what the distribution can do out of the box without knowing what all the parts of the machine is."

We test what the laptop can do, and then document how much of it works out of the box. We then concentrate on improving support for stuff that doesn't work.

"share driver and upgrade and so that hopefully they can help further GNU/Linux - Ubuntu by having it include in there newer release and development version the hardware that they themself have made working."

All the support code I've written has been submitted upstream. Most of it is already in the kernel.

"Capable of building a complete tailor made OEM master for the Laptop they are testing."

There's no need. Nothing's been special cased - if it's possible to drive the hardware using Ubuntu, then it'll work with the stock distribution. Maintaining 40 different OEM versions would be insane.

"You see an open to all comment button or a suggest box beside getting authorized log in ?"

The wiki is open to all. You need to register in order to be able to do so in order to reduce spam. Also, there's a mailing list at and an IRC channel (#ubuntu-laptop on How much more open do you want it to be?

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