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Jono Bacon


Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon
Bacon giving a speech at the O'Reilly Conference
Born Jonathan Edward James Bacon
(1979-09-17) 17 September 1979
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Occupation XPrize Community Manager
Spouse(s) Erica Bacon (aka Erica Brescia)
Children 1

Jono Bacon (full name Jonathan Edward James Bacon[1][2]) is a community manager, writer, musician and

  • Jono Bacon's website and blog
  • Recreant View
  • LUGRadio
  • Seraphidian's website
  • Linux Link Tech Show interview (audio), 2006
  • Jono's self-written brief history of his life, age 17 till time of writing
  • The Severed Fifth Website
  • Art of Community Website
  • Shot Of Jaq

External links

  1. ^ "Long is the way – 18th June 2007: Season 4 Episode 21 : 76.51 (podcast)".  
  2. ^ "Clan Jono". 5 December 2005. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Bacon, Jono (January 2009). "Art of Community Online". Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "About The Event". Community Leadership Summit. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Paul, Ryan (June 2008). "Ubuntu community head tests music economics with open content".  
  6. ^ According to his own web log:
  7. ^ Jono Bacon. "Metal Free Software Song 2: This Time It's Personal | jonobacon@home". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Jono Bacon. "jonobacon@home | Daily Archive | 28th October, 2004". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Mark Shuttleworth (8 August 2006). "Jono Bacon steps up". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Amber Graner (2010) "Interview: Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager" Ubuntu User Issue 6 pp 8–9
  11. ^ Bacon, Jono. "Goodbye Canonical, Hello XPRIZE". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Bacon, Jono. "Goodbye XPRIZE, Hello GitHub". Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Jono Bacon (24 January 2012). "jonobacon@home | At home with Jono Bacon, Community Manager and Author". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  14. ^ Jono Bacon (24 January 2012). "jonobacon@home | About". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon. "Linux Desktop Hacks – O'Reilly Media". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Pearson – Practical PHP and MySQL®: Building Eight Dynamic Web Applications – Jono Bacon". 14 November 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  17. ^ FLOSS Weekly home page
  18. ^ "About". Shot of Jaq. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bad Voltage". 
  20. ^ [Posted 7 August 2008 by cook] (7 August 2008). "Ohio LinuxFest Announces Keynotes for 2008". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  21. ^ [2]
  22. ^ "The Engines of Community: O'Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo 2010 – O'Reilly Conferences, April 12 – 15, 2010, Santa Clara, CA". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Open Source Business Conference". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "KDE Events Homepage – 10 Years KDE – 10 Years of Linux Desktop". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "jonobacon@home blog: On Richard Stallman and Ubuntu". 
  26. ^ "jonobacon@home blog: On Being Childish; An Apology". 
  27. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives – Seraphidian". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  28. ^ "Jono Bacon – Free Software Song". 
  29. ^ Bacon, Jono (2008). "Releases". Retrieved 28 October 2008. 


In June 2008 Bacon started a new musical project called Severed Fifth. The aim was to produce an album in his home studio and then to distribute the music in new ways. This was an experiment in how musicians can work in the internet era, outside the conventional music industry. The first demo Denied By Reign was released 21 October 2008 and features brutal death metal. His second album Nightmares by Design, more melodic death metal in style, was released on 11 October 2010.[5][29]

Bacon has had a long interest in music. He has played in several musical groups starting with Conspiracy, followed by Neuraxon. He was also the vocalist and a rhythm guitarist in Seraphidian.[27] As well, his website includes a number of songs that he has recorded separately from the band, including the aforementioned version of the Free Software Song.[28] Bacon has also inspired an audio recording application called Jokosher, which is a pun on the fact that his name contains the phrase "no bacon" (see kosher).


Bacon caused controversy in a blog posting[25] when he referred to Richard Stallman's position on Ubuntu's search functions as "childish". He apologised in a later post.[26]


Bacon has presented at many events, including: [24]

Public speaking

In October 2013, Bacon became co-host of the Bad Voltage podcast, along with Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge and Bryan Lunduke. The series deals with technology, open source, politics, music and includes reviews and interviews.[19]

Bacon was the co-founder of the LugRadio podcast and live events and the only member to appear on every show. He had also been a regular co-host on FLOSS Weekly starting with episode 69, even filling in for Randal Schwartz when Randal was not available.[17] When FLOSS Weekly moved to a new morning timeslot, Jono was unable to make the transition. Bacon also founded the Shot of Jaq podcast with Stuart Langridge and the show ran for a short period.[18]

As a professional journalist, Bacon has written for a variety of publications,[14] including Linux User and Developer, Linux Format, Linux Magazine, MacTech, MacFormat and PC Plus. In addition to these magazines, he has also written a number of books, including "The Art of Community", "Linux Desktop Hacks",[15] "PHP and MySQL Web Applications: Building Eight Dynamic Web Sites"[16] and he also co-wrote "The Official Ubuntu Book" (ISBN 0-13-243594-2) with Benjamin Mako Hill, Corey Burger, and Jonathan Jesse.


In recent years Bacon has become a prominent speaker and consultant on building communities and community management. He has authored The Art of Community by O'Reilly, is the founder and organizer of the annual Community Leadership Summit, an annual meeting point for community leaders, and writes regularly about community leadership on his blog.[13]

Community management

Bacon started his career as a Linux journalist before moving on in 2006 to work for OpenAdvantage[8] to help move organizations to Open Source solutions. From 4 September 2006 until 28 May 2014, start worked for Canonical Ltd. as the Ubuntu Community Manager.[9][10] From 29 May until 30 October 2015 he worked at XPrize as the Senior Director of Community.[11] From the 17 November 2015 Bacon will take over as Directory of Community for GitHub.[12]

Bacon started his work with the Linux community when he created the Linux UK website.[6] When he left this project he moved on to join the KDE team, where he created the KDE::Enterprise website and KDE Usability Study. He has also been involved with helping charities using free software, was a participant in LugRadio and founded Wolverhampton Linux Users' Group. Additionally, he has created a heavy rock version of the Free Software Song.[7]



  • History 1
  • Community management 2
  • Journalism 3
  • Public speaking 4
  • Controversy 5
  • Music 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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