Jono Bacon was the community manager for the Ubuntu project from 2006—2014[1][2]. He has been involved in numerous discussions around geek feminist subjects, and frequently posts on subjects related to women in Ubuntu and/or FLOSS in general on his blog. These posts can mostly be found at

Mark Shuttleworth incident

In 2009, Jono's boss, Mark Shuttleworth, made comments in a Linuxcon keynote saying that Linux is hard to explain to girls. A widespread discussion ensued.

A week after Shuttleworth's talk, Jono posted Changing the conversation -- a call to focus on the positive aspects of women in FLOSS. The post was a mild form of the Tone argument; check the comment thread for further silencing tactics such as claims that discussing sexism is Harming the community.

OpenRespect project

In 2010, Jono launched the OpenRespect project, a call for greater respect among members of the FLOSS community. The project has been criticised as simply being a Tone argument laid out as policy. (See OpenRespect for more.)

Other incidents

  • In 2007, Jono posted a blog post saying that both abusive discussion and political correctness jeopardized open discussion in the Ubuntu community. As he alluded to in the intro, this was shortly after a sexist joke was posted on an Ubuntu mailing list. He chose not to take a position on whether the sexist joke violated the Ubuntu Code of conduct, and in context the blog post may imply he believed such incidents do not.
  • In 2010, Jono (or a committee which he led?) appointed a new leader for the Ubuntu Women project. Since one of the nominees, Melissa Draper, had frequently clashed with Jono over issues of sexism in the FLOSS community, this was seen by some as a conflict of interest.
  • During the discussions about logging the #ubuntu-women IRC channel, Jono was in favour of logging, despite arguments that the channel provided a de facto Safe space for members of the community, and that this would be compromised by logging. He was accused of rushing discussion and railroading votes on the subject. [3]



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