IAMA Directory of Engineering for Canonical. I Manage the Ubuntu Engineering Team. AMA
My job title is "Director of Engineering, Ubuntu". This means I am the directory of the Ubuntu Engineering team, all the people employed by Canonical to roll Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server. This comprises the Ubuntu Kernel Team, Ubuntu Foundations Team, Ubuntu Server Team, Ubuntu Desktop Team, Ubuntu QA Team, and Ubuntu Community Team. The team that makes Unity is a separate team that does not report to me, but of course we work with them closely. I report to Jane Silber, Canonical's CEO.
Obligatory Proof: My launchpad page: https://launchpad.net/~rick-rickspencer3
My twitter feed: https://twitter.com/#!/rickspencer3
Canonical management team: http://www.canonical.com/about-canonical/overview/management-team
I am officially based in Seattle, but I am spending a year (or so) in France. I've been working in Open Source for 4 years, but I previously worked at Microsoft for almost 10 years. I love working for Canonical, and I love working on Ubuntu with the Ubuntu Community.
Ask me anything
EDIT: Hello everybody. So, I obviously completely lost control of this thread and simply can't keep up anymore! I've been at it for 5 hours, but I need to stop for the night. Thanks so much for your questions and your time. It reminds me again of how fortunate I am to work with such a cool bunch of people with such a cool project. I'll check back later and/or tomorrow to see if there are any juicy questions to answer.
Edit 2: I'm sorry I'm not better at answering all your desing questions, it's just not quite my area.