As the people who make up the heart of the Ubuntu MATE community I thought it was important to let you all know that I will be starting a new job on Monday 26th September 2016
Now, you might be wondering how this affects Ubuntu MATE? So let’s get this clear. In my new role I will be working on Unity 7 and Unity 8 as my day job. Ubuntu MATE has always been, and will continue to be, a project I work on in my spare time. So in that regard nothing changes. I am still as committed and passionate about Ubuntu MATE today, as I was when I first started the project.
As a member of the Ubuntu Desktop Team I’ll have sight of the complete Ubuntu technology road-map. This will put me in excellent position to make great platform decisions for Ubuntu MATE and ensure that our “retrospective future” continues to be delivered on. I will also remain a member of the core MATE Desktop team. Again, something I’ve be doing in my spare time for over 4 years now.
The Ubuntu MATE crowd funding will naturally continue to be used to fund Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop development projects. As I mentioned in my recent announcement about our Bytemark sponsorship, far more of the Ubuntu MATE crowd funding can now be channelled into development projects rather than project hosting/bandwidth. The future for Ubuntu MATE is looking very bright indeed
If you have any questions about my new role just post them in the comments and I’ll answer them as best I can.