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Interview with the Lead developer of Ubuntu Desktop Linux

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Previously, we've interviewed the lead-developers of Arch and Gobo Linux. Two distributions for the more advanced users out there. This time, we're going in the complete opposite direction to understand more about a user friendly Linux-distribution: Ubuntu.

Chances are you've already heard of Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux-distributions out there, especially amongst the people new to Linux.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name's Scott James Remnant and I'm the leader of the Ubuntu Desktop Team, the development team that concentrates on the desktop edition of Ubuntu which is the version most people are familiar with.

I was one of the original groups of developers hired by Mark, based on my work with the Debian project; at the time, I was maintaining dpkg, GNU libtool and pkg-config.

My role has varied over the four years, from some of the early decisions about which applications to include to my current role of leading the desktop team.
Within the community, I also sit as one of the members of the Ubuntu Technical Board which arbitrates technical decisions and disputes within the community and also reviews all applications to become Ubuntu developers.

Most already know, but for those who don't: What is Ubuntu?

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