Thanks for the great question Sri. This has been a big push of mine in my first term on the board. Building on existing relationships with our partners, creating new partnerships, and being good friends to other FOSS projects has been extremely important to me.
The things that I’d like to continue doing on or off the board would be to increase the adoption of the Linux desktop as a worthwhile platform for professional grade applications. Containerized app frameworks have been instrumental in my opinion in positioning our platform as desirable for the Adobe, Mathworks, Microsoft’s of the world, and I’d like to organize with these entities further to find out what it would take to bring their software to our platform. This is particularly important for me to have free software used in science and engineering, as most of this research is publicly funded. Much like open-access journals and open data sets are becoming the wave of the future of academia, I’d like to our software to follow suit in the hearts and minds of researchers and academics.
Getting FOSS into schools and universities is also a particular interest of mine given my day to day work. If I were to continue on the board I would like to reach out to colleges and universities to show how investing in free software is a worthwhile investment both practically and responsibly moving into the next decade. So much of the academic world runs on extraordinarily expensive technology for no particular reason beyond mindshare and the comfort that comes along with contracts. I’d like to work with academic institutions to decrease the adoption of expensive, proprietary software solutions, particularly as the money for such technology is coming from taxpayers and students.
Other than that, I’d like to point out the work I’ve done connecting with organizations and partner groups like KDE, Elementary, Canonical, System76, and others to strengthen our outward social media cohesiveness, and to generally build positivity in our ecosystem. From day #1, building community has been my mission. That will not change moving forward.