In the process of reading through a number of distribution mailing lists
your editor encountered several items that seemed worthy of mention, but
none that seemed to provide enough for a complete article. So the
following will be a brief look at a variety of topics.
The Fedora Bug
Zappers subproject was recently
announced on the fedora-devel mailing list. This is a team of people
who triage bugs and act as a bridge between the users and developers. The
team is meeting regularly, and new bug zappers are always welcome.
Donnie Berkholz ran an informal survey that was answered by 50 Gentoo
developers. The results have been graphed, one page per question. For
example, the question "What are the top 3 issues facing
Gentoo?" is here.
"Developers' top 5 issues are manpower, publicity, goals, developer
friction, and leadership." The pie chart shown on the previous page
has been replaced by a bar chart. There
are eight more questions that remain to be charted.
The openSUSE project has been discussing
the creation of a developer blog. Although other blogs exist they tend to
range off-topic. This would be specifically a place to talk about
development topics, such as new features in YaST. Posts would be tagged so
that people who wanted to find more about YaST could find all entries with
Ubuntu wants all users to be involved with bug squashing. Do 5 a day - every day!, says Daniel Holbach.
What you can do? That's up to you, your interests and your abilities.
- If you're a developer, you can help out reviewing patches and getting
- If you want to just confirm new bugs, you can do that.
- If you have experience with a certain package and want to triage bugs
you can do that and forward them upstream if necessary.
- If you know your way around Ubuntu quite well, you can help assign
bugs to the right package.
That's not a bad idea, regardless of your distribution of choice.
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