Congratulations Elizabeth on your election to the Ubuntu Community Council

By CJ Fearnley

I was thrilled when I saw that Mark Shuttleworth announced the election of Elizabeth Krumbach to the Ubuntu Community Council. Here is my “open memo” of congratulations to Elizabeth:

Elizabeth, you earned this honor to serve through your competent and tireless efforts to positively contribute to FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) communities like Ubuntu and its upstream, Debian. Collectively, it is the work done in the FOSS communities that has built a “game changing” software infrastructure which already delivers business results to illions of organizations around the world … day in and day out. Thank you for all that you do by contributing to these vitally important communities!

The Ubuntu Community Council plays an important role in the management and development of the communities which not only build the Ubuntu operating system but also contribute to the FOSS communities that intersect with Ubuntu in so many ways. Your good judgement and broad experience on the workings (both socially and technically) of FOSS communities will help Ubuntu continue producing software to meet the needs of more and more individuals and organizations and thereby grow the whole FOSS ecosystem.

From working with you the past few years, I know you are ready to lead Ubuntu in support of reaching toward the lofty ideal of eternally regenerative software (ERS). ERS is an emergent property of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system (which Ubuntu has inherited) wherein all the component software is integrated to facilitate easy upgrades (re-generation) through each and every (eternally) major new release of the operating system. I eagerly look forward to seeing how your contributions to the Council will foster efforts to improve the integration and eternal regenerativity of free and open source software in support of providing business results to all the organizations that have so wisely chosen to use FOSS.

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2 Responses to “Congratulations Elizabeth on your election to the Ubuntu Community Council”

  1. Penny.F. says:

    There are countless “tireless” contributors to promote various open source communities.. let’s hope this decision wasn’t simply because of her gender and more to do with some astounding trait of merit.

  2. CJ Fearnley says:


    Indeed, there are countless tireless contributors to FOSS and I would like to thank each and every one of them.

    But there are only a limited number of seats on the Ubuntu Community Council. An election was organized so the more than 500 official Ubuntu Members could decide which of them would serve. The ballot used the Condorcet Method for fairness. Remarkably, more than 50% of eligible Ubuntu leaders participated in the ballot! Elizabeth’s results in the ballot were very solid, so there is some evidence of real merit. Please view the results of the ballot here and assess it for yourself.

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