Jono Bacon

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Jono Bacon
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Bacon giving a speech at the O'Reilly Conference
Born Jonathan Edward James Bacon
(1979-09-17) 17 September 1979 (age 36)
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Occupation GitHub Director of Community Development and Growth[1]
Spouse(s) Erica Bacon (aka Erica Brescia)
Children 1

Jono Bacon (full name Jonathan Edward James Bacon[2][3]) is a writer and software engineer, originally from the United Kingdom, but now based in California. He works as the GitHub Director of Community Development and Growth and authored The Art of Community by O'Reilly.


Bacon started his work with the Linux community when he created the Linux UK website.[citation needed] When he left this project he moved on to join the KDE team, where he created the KDE::Enterprise website and KDE Usability Study.[citation needed]

Bacon started his career as a Linux journalist before moving on in 2006 to work for OpenAdvantage[citation needed] 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.[4][5][6] From 29 May until 30 October 2015 he worked at XPrize as the Senior Director of Community[citation needed]. On 14 November 2015, Bacon became Director of Community for GitHub.[7][8]


Bacon has written for a variety of publications, 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",[9] "PHP and MySQL Web Applications: Building Eight Dynamic Web Sites"[10] and he also co-wrote "The Official Ubuntu Book" (ISBN 0-13-243594-2) with Benjamin Mako Hill, Corey Burger, and Jonathan Jesse.[citation needed]

Bacon was the co-founder of the LugRadio podcast, and was a co-host on FLOSS Weekly.[11]


Bacon played in several metal bands, as singer and guitarist.[12] From 2008 to 2012 he and Defiance guitarist Jim Adams ran the metal band Severed Fifth, which released three albums, and distributed its music freely under a Creative Commons license.[4]


  1. ^ "jonobacon@home". jonobacon@home. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Long is the way – 18th June 2007: Season 4 Episode 21 : 76.51 (podcast)". LugRadio. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clan Jono". 5 December 2005. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Paul, Ryan (June 2008). "Ubuntu community head tests music economics with open content". Ars Technica. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Mark Shuttleworth (8 August 2006). "Jono Bacon steps up". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Amber Graner (2010) "Interview: Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager" Ubuntu User Issue 6 pp 8–9
  7. ^ Jono Bacon (15 October 2015). "Goodbye XPRIZE, Hello GitHub". 
  8. ^ TC Currie (23 February 2016). "GitHub Responds to User Dissatisfaction over Issue Tracking". The next day, Jono Bacon, the Director of Community at GitHub, thanked the posters for their constructive criticism and promised to look into their requests. 
  9. ^ Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon. "Linux Desktop Hacks – O'Reilly Media". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pearson – Practical PHP and MySQL®: Building Eight Dynamic Web Applications – Jono Bacon". 14 November 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "FLOSS Weekly". Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives – Seraphidian". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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