Kubuntu: Updates

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Published on: May 1, 2012

In my last post, I said that I would talk to Blue Systems and try to find more information on what was expected or, what the goals from Blue Systems were.

I recently had a conversation with Clemens, the head of Blue Systems about Blue Systems and Kubuntu.

As I have said in the past, Jonathan Riddell was hired by Blue Systems to work on Kubuntu. They have also hired Aurélien Gâteau to work on KDE full time.

The reason behind this was that Blue Systems also has their own Distro, NetRunner. NetRunner is built on Kubuntu. The reason for the placement of developers in both Kubuntu and KDE was to help ensure the stability of NetRunner and to promote what Kubuntu and KDE are doing.

When asked if Clemens plans to change anything, he said “no.” however, he did give the community a few challenges he would like to see happen with Kubuntu.

“get into top 10 on distrowatch. Or, be the best KDE distro on distrowatch. I’m not interfering, just giving my own personal thoughts.” This was the challenge that was given by Blue Systems.

Something that we both agree on is taking a page out of Apples book. Building an Army of users. Being able to attract users to Kubuntu without the expectations of anything more than just using for their daily lives.

The Kubuntu Community will continue to run the Distro. Kubuntu will remain the KDE flavor of Ubuntu.

Also, I have an open question forum at Kubuntu Forums Net (http://www.kubuntuforums.net/forumdisplay.php?166-Kubuntu-Council-Talk) and I will be updating the community and anyone else who wants to know here and on my twitter account @dwonderly.

Once again, more information as I get it.


  1. Michael Stephenson says:

    Next time you speak to them can you please ask them how the hell they make money off netrunner, if they sell services around netrunner they sure don’t market it well.
    In fact it’s not just marketing it badly its like positively in the opposite direction, instead of making an effort to make their products visible they seem to be making an effort to keep their products secret…
    The only thing I can think of is that they sell netrunner installations and support to the German government and that this is lucrative enough a contract that they don’t seek to gain more customers, or that the German government demands they don’t.
    Or that Blue Systems is a skeleton company directly owned by the German government purely to provide funding to the open source projects they run on their internal IT systems.
    Either way I don’t see why if this is all funded directly or indirectly by the German government I don’t see why they’d want to keep that quiet, they should shout it from the rooftops!

    • ScottK says:

      Why do you even care?

      I think it’s wonderful that Kubuntu is going to continue to have people that are paid to look after it full time.

    • Mamarok says:

      What makes you think the government is involved? Why not think of a philanthropist? Shuttleworth is not the only wealthy individual interested in Free Software out there :)

  2. MarcoS says:

    Blue Systems does not need to make money in the short term, if at all. The founder, Clemens Tönnies, is one of the two sons of the founder of Tönnies Lebensmittel GmbH & Co. KG, one of the biggest European slaughterhouses. He sold his share and seems to now focus on supporting the development of free software. We all should be very glad about his generous engagement.

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