The brutal truth at the moment is that most of the community engagement comes from “Canonical Staff”.
This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but it does deserve a moment of thought:
- Is this what Juju is - a Canonical community?
- Is this what the community want it to be ?
- If this is not what the community want it to be, how do we fix that and what has prevented this from happening already?
I’m not a Canonical staff member and I don’t get payed by Canonical. So I can say from an independent point of view, that Juju is great for both personal use and professional use.
Over the years my interest (personal, professional, technical) in Juju has grown, expanded and merged. That’s why I care about where Juju moves forward and also how.
How to move forward
My opinion is that Juju needs a community governance which is more detached from Canonical. It needs to be able to have capabilities, governance structures and be able to set priorities that are at least to a degree independent from Canonical in a truly open source spirit.
Canonical has a extremely important role here, since its in fundamental control over the project at the moment. Economically, Governance, tools, priorities, staff and infrastructure. Also, probably 100% of the skills to nurture and develop open source communities. So, I’m super glad that this discussion now starts to happen.
But I also don’t hear much opinion from “outside” of Canonical. That also raises questions and concerns. I do know what a few previous community members has raised voices and tried to make way. Those voices has gone silent. That is worry-some and an indication that something is wrong. That is really bad since that is a difficult boat to turn.
I think that Canonical letting go of part of the governance of Juju, handing that over to a community of some sort would be a possible path.
Where to move forward
This is where community activities play an extremely important role. To develop Juju forward in an open source spirit, the community engagement in “where juju moves” is picked up and understood within those places. I’ll try to participate as much as I can to discuss this with the community. I have alot of opinions on where Juju could move, which I’m happy to share but also listen to others that most probably have great ideas. Having Canonical on board, in a driving seat, is of course a primary key to success.
Also here, Canonical letting go of some of the setting priority and handing that over to the community governance is equally part of a vaild path forward. How that process could look like etc. is way beyond my competence but I also know that within the ranks of Juju are an army of really good community-builders and open source warriors what likely knows how this show should go on.
The initiative for a community meetup is a fantastic thing which I’m 100% pro! @bianka @davidbooth @anastasia-macmood