Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth talks about Croquet
10 June, 2007
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has been recently interviewed by the Economist magazine. Amongst the many topics covered in the interview, Shuttleworth also talked about Croquet and how Canonical (Shuttleworth’s company) uses it for planning and building Ubuntu:
One area where he sees this happening is in real-time collaboration. E-mail is widely used as a collaborative tool, but has severe limitations. When a team, such as a group of software developers, wants to work together on something in real time, something more elaborate is needed. Mr Shuttleworth points to an open-source platform called Croquet, an immersive environment that is similar in many ways to Second Life, a popular online virtual world. “You can see your collaborators’ avatars looking at a spreadsheet in a virtual room,” he says. “People change things in different colours—newer stuff glows. We’ve started to use this for planning and building Ubuntu.”
Canonical, which is based in London where Mr Shuttleworth now lives, cannot afford to pay for all its programmers to come to planning meetings for new versions of the software, which are held every six months. Rather than demote some participants to a “second class” of virtual participation, he would prefer to have everyone participate virtually.
You may find the whole interview here.