The more and more I see stellar Ubuntu contributors say Goodbye to Ubuntu the more I think there is a growing need for the Ubuntu Community to have a foundation much like WordPress, Python and any other number of open source projects.
Right now Ubuntu is driven by decision makers at Canonical with input from the community holding the least amount of weight and often none at all. This was not always the case and the culture has definitely changed from meritocracy and strong community values to purely product focus.
Why a Foundation is Important
Simply put things like this do not happen, and better yet a foundation would allow the community to be a real stakeholder in decisions surrounding Ubuntu’s direction and more important would allow the community to fundraise for the foundation which could bring back a physical Ubuntu Developer Summit.
Matt Mullenwag on transferring the WordPress Trademark to the newly formed WordPress Foundation:
“This means that the most central piece of WordPress’s identity, its name, is now fully independent from any company.”
I believe lacking an Ubuntu Foundation or the community being real stakeholders Ubuntu will become less and less each year about community or Linux for human beings and more and more about trying to make a profit or meet the expectations of Windows and Mac users that Canonical is so badly trying to woo.