Kubuntu: Moving Forward

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Published on: April 19, 2012

As the buzz continues with all of the changes happening to Kubuntu, I wanted to sit down a moment and give a clear update as to what is going on. This is to help update the community as large with the updates and it is my desire to keep everyone informed. So, sit back as I take you through what has happened and what we can look forward to in the future. Let’s start at the beginning shall we? Back in February, Kubuntu Developer, Jonathan Riddell announced that Canonical was going to be dropping commercial support for Kubuntu. Due to this there was a lot of unanswered questions about the future of Kubuntu.

Fast forward for earlier this month when it was announced that Blue Systems was going to be sponsering Kubuntu. Not only that but, they have hired both Jonathan Riddell and Aurélien Gâteau.

Our partnership with Blue Systems also means that Kubuntu will remain a community run distribution. While we will have two developers and a budget that will able us to attend both UDS and KDE events.

As always, Kubuntu will stay on top of it’s game as it continues to work closely with KDE to release the best up to date KDE software.

However, if you have read some other things there are a few things that have members of the community and Kubuntu Council concerned. One of those is the Canonical (Ubuntu) Trademark policy and some of the wording.

The reason why we are concerned is that we have discovered how widespread Kubuntu really is. We have had people reach out asking us if there is a way to provide commercial support contracts. As the current policies state, as long as we are using the Kubuntu name, it is registered to Canonical. In the policy there are things that this type of support are restricted.

Restricted use that requires a trademark licence

Permission from us is necessary to use any of the Trademarks under any circumstances other than those specifically permitted above. These include:

  • Any commercial use. OEM services
  • Use on or in relation to a software product that includes or is built on top of a product supplied by us, if there is any commercial intent associated with that product.
  • Use in a domain name or URL.
  • Use for merchandising purposes, e.g. on t-shirts and the like.
  • Use of a name which includes the letters BUNTU in relation to computer hardware or software.
  • Services relating to any of the above.

So, as you can see, these are some services we would like to provide but, have to have a release and blessings from Canonical.

As of now, we are waiting to see what happens.

I will keep you all updated as to what is going on as time moves on.

10 Comments
  1. FLul says:

    Can you give us some informationen about Blue Systems?
    Seems like it is a very mysterious company. Nobody knows where their money comes from.

  2. sadig says:

    Hey,

    as I said somehow 2007-2008 just fork Kubuntu and name it

    KLUE

    KDEs Linux & User Experience

    • Pawlo says:

      I like the name. KDE is known as a blue desktop environment, so Klue is a logical name. Klue is also similar to “clue” and this suggests we have a clue about making computers for our users. ;)

  3. > as I said somehow 2007-2008 just fork Kubuntu and name it

    We won’t fork Kubuntu, that is in nobody’s interest. It might need to be renamed but it will always stay the KDE flavour from Ubuntu.

    • Joe Braddock says:

      If you do need to rename it, please consider calling it Kallos Linux. Kallos is the classical Greek word for beauty, which the KDE desktop definitely is.

      • Baggers says:

        When I read that (I don’t know the proper pronunciation) it sounds like callous.

        insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic: They have a callous attitude toward the sufferings of others.

        having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to friction.

        Not very pleasant

  4. anil says:

    As Flul says where can we find information about blue-systems?

  5. BzrBop says:

    But…who is Blue Systems?
    How generates revenue?
    What are their goals?

    • Darkwing says:

      As I have said, I am gather information for another post about Blue Systems. One thing that I can assure everyone is that Blue Systems is dedicated to allowing the community to run 100% of Kubuntu. This means that the Kubuntu Council will have full control. Blue Systems at this time is just employing 2 developers to work full time on the project.

      As this change and grow, I will have more updates.

      Cheers!

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