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A Conversation with Ubuntu's Jono Bacon (Video)

Roblimo posted about 6 months ago | from the the-world's-leading-death-metal-free-software-advocate dept.

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You've probably heard Jono Bacon speak at a Linux or Open Source conference. Or maybe you've heard one of his podcasts or read something he's written in his job as Ubuntu's community manager or even, perhaps, read The Art of Community, which is Jono's well-regarded book about building online communities. Jono also wrote and performed the heavy metal version of Richard M. Stallman's infamous composition, The Free Software Song. An excerpt from the Jono version kicks off our interview, and the complete piece (about two minutes long) closes the video. Please note that this video is a casual talk with Jono Bacon, the person, rather than a talk with the "official" Ubuntu Jono Bacon. So please, pull up a chair, lean back, and join us. (Alternate Video Link)

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had to be said (3, Funny)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 6 months ago | (#46698887)

mmmm Bacon

Re:had to be said (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46698931)

Bacon with a side of Down syndrome. I feel sorry for the kid.

Re:had to be said (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 6 months ago | (#46699029)

Bacon with a side of Down syndrome. I feel sorry for the kid.

Why? Have you accomplished more in life than he has? Probably not.

Maybe he should be feeling sorry for you, eh?

Re:had to be said (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699091)

Have you accomplished more in life than he has?

Actually, I have. Quite a lot more.

Re:had to be said (2)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about 6 months ago | (#46699227)

Stop feeding the trolls. All it does is give them a laugh as they prepare to reap the butthurt they have sewn. The best way to deal with a troll is to NOT REPLY and let them get modded down. No butthurt = no joy for them. Total defeat.

Re:had to be said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699603)

s/sewn/sown/. Jes' sayin'.

Re:had to be said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46700161)

Stop feeding the grammar-nazi trolls. All it does is give them a laugh as they prepare to reap the butthurt they have sown. The best way to deal with a troll is to NOT REPLY and let them get modded down. No butthurt = no joy for them. Total defeat.

Re:Re:had to be said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46701523)

*sown

Re:had to be said (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46702917)

The best way to deal with a troll is to NOT REPLY and let them get modded down. No butthurt = no joy for them. Total defeat.

BZZZZ! Wrong, asshole! We know you're bothered by trolling. We enjoy it just as much when you don't reply. Though we enjoy these lies you conjure up to feel better about not replying. Keep sucking Jono's cock!

Re:had to be said (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699389)

Thanks a bunch, knobstick. This troll would have happily gone un-seen by me and countless others if you hadn't replied.

Moderation works. Let it work.

Now someone has to waste more mod points modding you down, and modding the guy who replied to you down. Brilliant.

Re:had to be said (1)

korbulon (2792438) | about 6 months ago | (#46699675)

Now someone has to waste more mod points modding you down, and modding the guy who replied to you down. Brilliant.

Mod parent up.

Re:had to be said (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699755)

At least I'm not a retarded Linux loving faggot.

Re:had to be said (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699481)

I bet you'd love to have him in your throat, you filthy Linsux faggot.

We don't do flash (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46698913)

Any chance slashdot can support the use of non proprietary formats for video?

Re:We don't do flash (3, Informative)

kthreadd (1558445) | about 6 months ago | (#46699025)

It actually gave me a "less evil" .mp4 when I changed the user-agent string to "iPad".

Re:We don't do flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699083)

MP4 isn't a video format.

Re:We don't do flash (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about 6 months ago | (#46699101)

The important thing was that it wasn't Flash. ./ refused to give me anything but Flash until I did that.

Re:We don't do flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699119)

Sorry, my bad. I thought the OP asked about video formats. [hits himself in the face 3 times]

Re:We don't do flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699283)

Any chance slashdot can support the use of non proprietary formats for video?

Yeah, learn to read.

Re:We don't do flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699409)

It's a multimedia format, or in most people's parlance, a video format. Perhaps you were thinking about the video codec or video compression format.

Re:We don't do flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699729)

It is a container format. Much like a tar archive, it doesn't know or care what you store in it.

Re:We don't do flash (1)

Desler (1608317) | about 6 months ago | (#46699861)

Not entirely true. The container standard does actually specify supported formats. Now you can put unsupported formats into the container but there's no guarantee any specific parser written to the standard will support them.

Re:We don't do flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46700069)

That was exactly my point.

Re:We don't do flash (1)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | about 6 months ago | (#46699033)

As soon as the open source world produces something better than h.264, I'm sure everyone will rush to adopt it.

Lots of people just want a tool that works, not a tool that functions better as an ideological statement than as a media player.

I click the link, video looks decent enough, loads fast enough.

Re:We don't do flash (1)

neonsignal (890658) | about 6 months ago | (#46699549)

As soon as the open source world produces something better than h.264, I'm sure everyone will rush to adopt it.

Because the market always chooses the best technology for the job? Next you'll be telling us that the best musicians end up at the top of the pop charts!

Re:We don't do flash (1)

bloodhawk (813939) | about 6 months ago | (#46703311)

As soon as the open source world produces something better than h.264, I'm sure everyone will rush to adopt it.

Because the market always chooses the best technology for the job? Next you'll be telling us that the best musicians end up at the top of the pop charts!

No they don't, but if you intend to replace an incumbent then you need to offer something better, not something "almost" as good.

Re:We don't do flash (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 6 months ago | (#46704747)

Haven't you heard? They're getting ready to roll out x265 now.

Re:We don't do flash (0)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 6 months ago | (#46699135)

Any chance slashdot can support the use of non proprietary formats for video?

It's Ubuntu, what do you expect? That's Swahili for switch/bait.

Re:We don't do flash (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699213)

I thought it was for "can't configure Debian".

Bacon prices rise.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46698981)

I understand that Bacon prices rise after virus kills millions of baby pigs [komonews.com]

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

Obese (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46698999)

That "Roblimo" guy is disgusting. Just look at those man tits that even a baggy shirt couldn't hide. Guy, eat some veggies and do some exercise.

How the fuck does anyone let themself go like that?

Re:Obese (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699089)

Damn, I thought you were joking but his moobs put most women to shame.

Re:Obese (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 6 months ago | (#46699359)

Damn, I thought you were joking but his moobs put most women to shame.

It is times like these I am reminded of the Orangutan.

The lean younger and over active orangutan males fail to impress most females. Instead they seek out the longer survived, more experienced, and gentler male with his hair covered bigness and prominent cheek pads. [google.com]

If they could speak their ladies would say, "I want a real man, not a scrawny thin-headed sucker who's tits and tool-shed haven't come in yet and doesn't even reek."

It's as if nature finds perverse pleasure in mocking us by keeping examples of happiness around in branches of life's tree to remind us of the price we paid for our souls.

Re:Obese (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699765)

That's fine if you don't care about your health and you're trying to pick up on female monkeys.

Re:Obese (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699917)

Seems irrelevant since we don't fuck orangutans. Or are you saying that roblimo does?

WTF was that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699221)

So I just popped up slashdot and this fucking awful thing appeared. It seems this is beta, its the first time I have seen it.

All I can say is FUCK BETA! I feel like somebody has taken my head off and kicked it around a unicorn nest and then dipped it in meths.

Seriously, WTF!

-_- (0)

P Bacon (3557945) | about 6 months ago | (#46699225)

The voice of Ubuntu is named J Bacon? Bah.

Re: ~~~~ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699311)

Yup. Crisp, smoky bacon.

Nope (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699229)

You've probably heard Jono Bacon speak at a Linux or Open Source conference

Nope.

Or maybe you've heard one of his podcasts

Nope.

or read something he's written in his job as Ubuntu's community manager

Nope

read The Art of Community, which is Jono's well-regarded book about building online communities.

Aaaaaaand, nope.

Re:Nope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699385)

You're missing the point. Finally a Slashdot summary that actually defines its terms, tells us who it's talking about!

Re:Nope (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699455)

Maybe it's just me, but Ubuntu seems to be the Art of how to piss off everyone else in the "Community."

Re:Nope (3, Interesting)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 6 months ago | (#46704789)

This Jono Bacon guy seems to be becoming the next Bennett Haselton. I don't know or care what his qualifications are and wish they would stop throwing his articles at my eyeballs. I'm suspicious of anyone in Ubuntu PR at this point. Maybe they're not Microsoft, Sony, or Google ("we're still not evil!"), but they're their own brand of spanner-in-the-works these days.

Do we care? (3, Interesting)

machineghost (622031) | about 6 months ago | (#46699463)

Does anyone in the open source community even care what anyone from Canonica/Ubuntu has to say anymore? They've basically ostrasized themselves to anyone I know who cares about Linux.

Unity Sucks! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699615)

This video is a total waste of time. Key point not discussed: UNITY SUCKS!

Unity is actually very nice. Its Dash that sucks. (1)

Burz (138833) | about 6 months ago | (#46700099)

Removing Dash/shopping and adding Classicmenu makes for a system that's easy to navigate.

Having people text-search for everything all at once--when all they want is that banking or other occasional tool they run occasionally (what's the name?)--and getting tons of cruft in the results just isn't working.

Re:Unity is actually very nice. Its Dash that suck (1)

johnsie (1158363) | about 6 months ago | (#46701125)

I agree, I stopped using Ubuntu because of Dash, not really because of the sidebar. It's too big and bloated. I want a classic menu.

Re:Unity is actually very nice. Its Dash that suck (1)

JRV31 (2962911) | about 6 months ago | (#46703601)

Removing Dash/shopping and adding Classicmenu makes for a system that's easy to navigate.

If it was not for the quicklists I would dump Unity.

How do you remove the dash?

request: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46701083)

more sober interview next time

He made/makes his videocasts on Windows (1)

johnsie (1158363) | about 6 months ago | (#46701105)

I remember him saying that he did his video casts on Windows because Ubuntu wouldn't support his own hardware. I guess if your own dog food doesn't work you can't eat it.

Unsurprising (2)

cynicist (1112505) | about 6 months ago | (#46701687)

Are the comments in this thread surprising? Nope.

He's Redundant. (1, Troll)

enter to exit (1049190) | about 6 months ago | (#46701969)

A community manager for a company that is discarding it's community. Bacon should polish his resume, he might need it.

The comments (and lack of) aren't surprising, anything out of canonical is just noise. What's more, he's partnered with Bryan Lunduke to create a Linux podcast. A shock-jock broadcaster/writer and unabashed peddler of mediocre (junk, really) software, A man who flirts with open-sourcing his software on-and-off, with the sole purpose of scamming a few more people into giving him money.

Re:He's Redundant. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46702137)

Yeah, well this is what [amazon.com] I remember the guy for. The book sucked.

poor jono (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46702111)

I really don't envy Jono Bacon. The guy doesn't have much in the way of marketable skills but he managed to land a good paying gig thanks to his LugRadio fame. Then Canonical went to the dark side and now every time Mark Shuttleworth does something evil, Jono has to go around apologizing. The day Mark starts eating children (or whatever), it'll be Jono going around saying: "Come on, what's the big deal? We've all thought about it."

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