Jono Bacon

Berkeley, California

Community manager, author and speaker.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • open source
  • KDE
  • consulting
  • speaking
Jono Bacon is an award-winning leading community manager, author and consultant. Currently the community manager for the worldwide Ubuntu community, Bacon is a regular keynote speaker, has also authored four books and acted as a consultant to a range of technology companies. Bacon's weblog ( is one of the widest read Open Source weblogs and he writes regularly about community management.

The Art of Community The Art of Community
by Jono Bacon
Second Edition May 2012
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

The Art of Community The Art of Community
by Jono Bacon
August 2009
Ebook: $23.99

Linux Desktop Hacks Linux Desktop Hacks
by Nicholas Petreley , Jono Bacon
March 2005
Print: $24.95
Ebook: $19.99

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Creating An Awesome LoCo Support Community

December 15 2012

Our LoCo Teams are a wonderful part of the Ubuntu community. They provide a fantastic place for Ubuntu users to meet other users locally and enjoy Ubuntu together either online or in person. LoCo Teams also often get together to help share Ubuntu with others and encourage local schools, charities,… read more

Ubuntu Advocacy Development Kit Packaged

December 14 2012

Earlier this week I blogged about the Ubuntu Advocacy Development Kit; designed to be a simple, straight-forward kit that includes all the documentation and materials that you need to to join and create LoCo Teams and help spread the word about Ubuntu in your area (whether in a LoCo Team… read more

Ubuntu Accomplishments 13.04 Update

December 12 2012

At the beginning of the 13.04 cycle one of the plans I put in place for my team was the deployment of Ubuntu Accomplishments as a production service for our community. This work involves the following components: Deploying the validation server on Canonical hardware and managed by the IS team.… read more

Kicking Off The Ubuntu Advocacy Developer Kit

December 12 2012

A little while back I posted about an idea I was discussing with the rest of the community team about a downloadable advocacy kit that, similar to an SDK for software, provides everything you need to get started spreading the word about Ubuntu. Dubbed the Advocacy Developer Kit (ADK), the… read more

Community Team Meetings and LoCo Teams

December 10 2012

Some ago I used to host weekly public IRC meetings for my team at Canonical. Back then we used to primarily use it as an opportunity to provide a status update of what we had been working on. The meetings then tapered off a little bit as we needed to… read more

On Being Childish; An Apology

December 10 2012

On Friday I wrote an article responding to a post by Richard Stallman. Over the weekend both posts caused quite a flurry of discussion; thank-you to everyone who contributed constructive feedback. In my post I referred to Richard’s position as seeming a bit ‘childish‘ to me. As with every post… read more

Improving Community ‘Getting Involved’ Documentation

December 09 2012

For quite some time now we have had some information about how to join the Ubuntu community at This documentation has traditionally been pretty limited, doesn’t really help get people started effectively, and doesn’t represent the humanity and personal nature of being part of the Ubuntu community. We want… read more

On Richard Stallman and Ubuntu

December 07 2012

This is a personal post and does not neccessarily represent the views of Canonical or the Ubuntu community. Today Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU project and Free Software Foundation wrote a critical post accusing Ubuntu of shipping spyware (which is referring to the online search capabilities of the Ubuntu… read more

The Art of Community Update

December 06 2012

A few months ago the second edition of my book The Art of Community was released. You can buy the book in print or for your e-reader/tablet, or you download the Creative Commons licensed PDF. If you download the free PDF all I ask is that you put a review… read more

Improving The Ubuntu Search Experience With libcolumbus

December 03 2012

Search is at the heart of Ubuntu. Whether you search for applications or content in the dash, search for functionality in your applications the HUD, or search within applications and your file manager, for Ubuntu to be successful we have to get search right. As we build search more and… read more

New Parenting For Geeks

December 01 2012

A few weeks ago I became a father for the first time, welcoming our cute little boy, Jack, into the world. This is Jack: ‘sup ladies One of the things I have learned ever since Erica got pregnant is that there are many different perspectives on how to raise a… read more

Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day

November 28 2012

Last week was Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day, but for the last few weeks I have been on paternity leave, so I didn’t get a chance to blog about it. I just wanted to take a few minutes to offer some thanks. Choosing people for Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day is always… read more

Giving Thanks

November 22 2012

Today is Thanksgiving in America; a day we spend with our families giving thanks for the people and lives we have. Although an English ex-pat, I absolutely love thanksgiving and always get into the spirit of the day. This year is a very special thanksgiving. Just over a week ago… read more

Preparing UDS Proceedings

November 01 2012

With so much going on at UDS it can be difficult to get a crisp summary of the key decisions, plans, and goals for the next release. Even if you are attending in person, you only get to see a small sliver of everything that is going on, so a… read more

The long road toward the Community Leadership Summit

June 01 2011

Community development is an organic process full of unique experiences and turns. So it should be no surprise the Community Leadership Summit followed a similar path. read more

Can open source reinvent the music business?

January 18 2011

Chart success would be nice, but Severed Fifth has a loftier goal than most bands. They want to use hallmarks of the open source movement — specifically, community involvement and free distribution — to change the music business. read more

The Increasing Importance of Community

April 30 2006

Community is a tough science, and one that cannot be boxed and put on a shelf. With the advent of Ubuntu, OpenSuSE, Fedora and Freespire, is community playing an increasing role in Open Source, and if so, how is the community and economics of Open Source changing? read more

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