Are we a fraternity? Or: I believe we change the world everyday! Or even better: Thank you!
This might seem provocative to many, but I do have a point so please read before you precipitate into any conclusions. Still have something to say? Please leave a comment 🙂
The Ubuntu community is huge and visible! Really, it is. We are thousands of people around the world committed to see Free Software everywhere by giving it freely to other human beings. And our community is just a reflection of that feeling, there are many other communities doing the same.
For some people this sounds like a joke. I kid you not: I have been laughed at many times (it’s ok, really, I am difficult to offend) when I tell people about the Ubuntu and FLOSS thingy of ours.
But we love it. ubunter@s really do. And so do debianistas and fedora ambassadors and other FLOSS and Free Culture enthusiasts. We all have our own reasons of course. But more often than not our goals, and thus our paths, are very much aligned.
So I want to show some thankfulness to every single individual that in one way or another is, or has been, part of this big family in the whole free software ecosystem and in the free culture movement! We are one community, one fraternity.
This time around I, specially, want to thank JuanJo (Fedora ambassador in Valencia), Joergen Ramskov (K+Ubuntu enthusiast & SmukFest lover) and Mi Compadre Søren (Part of Ubuntu Denmark’s “styregruppen” and Ubuntu-Nordic partner in crime)! Thank you for making my vacation a lot more interesting! 🙂
Thank you not just for the beer, the talks, the bus ticket printing, recommendations for visit-sites, clubs or restaurants, but mostly for showing me in real life that I am not on my own in this Ubuntu/FLOSS/Free Culture journey of mine.
Together, we all are powerful individuals and can make changes, real and palpable changes in our near environment and through our cooperation we can make it in a global scale!
- Like en smukk dansk pige I met put it:
– You mean that you can go around and meet people just like that. Like the masons?
- I answered:
– Well. not quite like the masons, but yes we meet and talk. But relax, we are not taking over the world… At least not yet! 😉
People I was either visiting, traveling with or that I met in the journey were just amazed about that being at all possible.
I want to encourage everyone to do it more often when we are on holiday or just for a short visit somewhere. I for one I’m willing to meet anyone wanting to talk FLOSS/Free Culture/Ubuntu that come by Oslo. Just drop me a line or make a blog post like I did. I’ll meet up with you if I have the possibility and the time.
Meeting new people is just great!
Some pictures from the journey:
Oh, and thanks for reading! 🙂