Mark Shuttleworth has released a FAQ about Ubuntu's Direction and Intent. It comments the discussions of funding, of being a Debian-fork or not, of the strange names, of …lots of stuff, with his own words: “This document exists to give the community some insight into my thinking, and to a certain extent that of the Community Council, Technical Board and other governance structures – on some of the issues and decisions that have been controversial.”
Read the massive FAQ here!
I'm happy for other website editors to modify this page, please just drop me an email with your additions or clarifications. It's written from my perspective (“I”) since the buck, technically, stops here. So add to it on my behalf with care, please
Ubuntu is not without its controversies. This is a good thing (at least IMO as it suggests we are both challenging the status quo, and taking some risks. Speaking for myself, my motivation for funding and participating in Ubuntu so heavily is in large part derived from a desire to do both of those things, I enjoy shaking up established lines of thinking, and I enjoy taking risks. This document exists to give the community some insight into my thinking, and to a certain extent that of the Community Council, Technical Board and other governance structures – on some of the issues and decisions that have been controversial.
I will try to address rumours, frequently asked questions, common allegations and neuroses, and of course controversies both within the project (“our default desktop should be *purple*”) and in the open source community at large (“alert! alert! ubuntu is going to become a commercial project!”). You may have come across variants of both of those in the wild. You can take this document as canonical () for my perspective on them, and where noted, you'll also get the Ubuntu Community Council or Technical Board position. If you would like to see additional things addressed here, please raise them at a Community Council meeting on IRC, or correspond with me or the CC members, or raise it on ubuntu-devel.