Ubuntu is about showing humanity to one another: the word itself captures the spirit of being human.

Nous voulons une communauté productive, heureuse et agile qui peut accueillir de nouvelles idées dans un domaine complexe, améliorer chaque année l'ensemble des processus et favoriser la collaboration entre des groupes ayant des besoins, des intérêts et des compétences très différents.

We gain strength from diversity, and actively seek participation from those who enhance it. This code of conduct exists to ensure that diverse groups collaborate to mutual advantage and enjoyment. We will challenge prejudice that could jeopardise the participation of any person in the project.

The Code of Conduct governs how we behave in public or in private whenever the project will be judged by our actions. We expect it to be honoured by everyone who represents the project officially or informally, claims affiliation with the project, or participates directly.

Leadership, authority and responsibility

We all lead by example, in debate and in action. We encourage new participants to feel empowered to lead, to take action, and to experiment when they feel innovation could improve the project. Leadership can be exercised by anyone simply by taking action, there is no need to wait for recognition when the opportunity to lead presents itself.

Delegation from the top

Responsibility for the project starts with the "benevolent dictator", who delegates specific responsibilities and the corresponding authority to a series of teams, councils and individuals, starting with the Community Council ("CC"). That Council or its delegated representative will arbitrate in any dispute.

We are a meritocracy; we delegate decision making, governance and leadership from senior bodies to the most able and engaged candidates.

Support for delegation is measured 

Nominations to the boards and councils are at the discretion of the Community Council, however the Community Council will seek the input of the community before confirming appointments.

Leadership is not an award, right, or title; it is a privilege, a responsibility and a mandate. A leader will only retain their authority as long as they retain the support of those who delegated that authority to them.

We value discussion, data and decisiveness 

We gather opinions, data and commitments from concerned parties before taking a decision. We expect leaders to help teams come to a decision in a reasonable time, to seek guidance or be willing to take the decision themselves when consensus is lacking, and to take responsibility for implementation.

The poorest decision of all is no decision: clarity of direction has value in itself. Sometimes all the data are not available, or consensus is elusive. A decision must still be made. There is no guarantee of a perfect decision every time - we prefer to err, learn, and err less in future than to postpone action indefinitely.

We recognise that the project works better when we trust the teams closest to a problem to make the decision for the project. If we learn of a decision that we disagree with, we can engage the relevant team to find common ground, and failing that, we have a governance structure that can review the decision. Ultimately, if a decision has been taken by the people responsible for it, and is supported by the project governance, it will stand. None of us expects to agree with every decision, and we value highly the willingness to stand by the project and help it deliver even on the occasions when we ourselves may prefer a different route.

Open meritocracy

We invite anybody, from any company, to participate in any aspect of the project. Our community is open, and any responsibility can be carried by any contributor who demonstrates the required capacity and competence.


Le but premier d'un responsable est le succès de l'équipe.

« Un virtuose est jugé selon ses actions ; un leader est jugé selon les actions de son équipe. » Un leader sait quand agir et quand reculer. Il sait quand déléguer le travail et quand le prendre à sa charge.


Un bon responsable ne cherche pas la lumière des projecteurs, mais récompense les membres de l'équipe pour le travail qu'ils et elles font. Les responsables peuvent être plus visibles que les autres membres de l'équipe, les meilleurs utilisent cette visibilité pour mettre en avant le travail remarquable des autres.

Courage et bienveillance 

Leadership occasionally requires bold decisions that will not be widely understood, consensual or popular. We value the courage to take such decisions, because they enable the project as a whole to move forward faster than we could if we required complete consensus. Nevertheless, boldness demands considerateness; take bold decisions, but do so mindful of the challenges they present for others, and work to soften the impact of thos decisions on them. Communicating changes and their reasoning clearly and early on is as important as the implementation of the change itself.

Conflits d'intérêts 

We expect leaders to be aware when they are conflicted due to employment or other projects they are involved in, and abstain or delegate decisions that may be seen to be self-interested. We expect that everyone who participates in the project does so with the goal of making life better for its users.

When in doubt, ask for a second opinion. Perceived conflicts of interest are important to address; as a leader, act to ensure that decisions are credible even if they must occasionally be unpopular, difficult or favourable to the interests of one group over another.

Le présent Code n'est ni exhaustif ni complet. Il ne s'agit pas d'un manuel de règles ; il sert à condenser notre compréhension commune d'un environnement collaboratif et d'objectifs partagés. Nous nous attendons à ce qu'il soit suivi dans l'esprit autant que dans la lettre.

The Ubuntu Code of Conduct is licensed under the Licence Creative Commons Attribution-Partage dans les mêmes conditions 3.0. Vous pouvez le réutiliser pour votre propre projet et le modifier à votre convenance, veuillez simplement permettre aux autres d'utiliser vos modifications et mentionnez le projet Ubuntu !