Mark Shuttleworth: Plan, execute, DELIVER
We are a somewhat chaotic crowd, the software libre army. Thousands of projects (hundreds of thousands, if you consider Sourceforge as a reference point). Hundreds of thousands of contributing developers from virtually every country and timezone. We are a very loosely coupled bunch.
To a certain extent this loose coupling is beneficial. Work goes on in one part of the free software universe entirely oblivious to work elsewhere, despite the fact that both pieces of work will ultimately land up on an Ubuntu disk. Keeping everything orthogonal is very nice - very UNIX. It means that people don’t have to keep too much in their heads. And that’s worked well.
But sometimes I wish it were easier to keep track of changes and have a slightly clearer view of progress across that whole galaxy.