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Daniel Holbach

Another day of Ubuntu Developer Week has passed and what a great day it was. Let’s re-cap:

  • 16:00 UTC: Packaging Like A Ninja (shadeslayer): Rohan Garg brought a lot of fun to UDW by teaching us all how things work in the Kubuntu team. If I counted correctly he even handed out three orange ninja belts.
  • 17:00 UTC: «I Don’t Know Anything About Translations» (dpm): By the looks of it, David Planella managed to resolve the problem of not knowing very very well. He gave an excellent overview over translations and how to work with them and answered what felt like a thousand questions.
  • 18:00 UTC: Developing With Qt Quick and QML (Riddell): As a seasoned KDE-hacker Jonathan Riddell knows what’s going on in the KDE and Qt world and which technologies get you good results quickly. He gave great insight into making your KDE apps rock very easily.
  • 19:00 UTC: How To Work With Debian (Laney and Rhonda): Wow, what a great session. I’m particularly excited to see people from Debian and Ubuntu collaborate like that and see that much interest in getting the most out of our work for both projects. Great session, lots of info, lots of good questions.
  • 20:00 UTC: Setting Up A Small Validation Dashboard (zyga): The last session of the day was held by Zygmunt Krynicki who presented an interesting way to see how low-level changes affect the whole system and measure performance. The questions indicate that there’s a deep interest in solving this problem across the board.

Again, I’d like to thank everybody who made this day a success.

We have Day 3 ahead of us, so let’s see what’ll happen today:

  • 16:00 UTCOperation Cleansweep – Reviewing Patches – nigelb and bobbo
    • Description: Operation Cleansweep is in full swing, the goal is to review around 2000 patches and help to push them into the right direction. Nigel Babu will give a session that will explain very easily how to help with this fantastic initiative.
  • 17:00 UTCForwarding Bugs and Patches Upstream – pedro_
    • Description: This session together with the one before will give you all the tools to effectively help Ubuntu, Debian and other upstream projects. Pedro Villavicencio will deliver this session and has great experience: he does a great job working primarily with the GNOME project.
  • 18:00 UTCDaily Builds And You – jcastro and dholbach
    • Description: Hold tight for Jorge Castro’s session about the latest piece of awesome of our Launchpad infrastructure. Daily Builds will change how we interact with projects a lot because it helps to bring the latest awesome to testers and enthusiasts very easily.
  • 19:00 UTCMaking Your Applications Shine With Application Indicators – tedg
    • Description: Application Indicators clean up the panel and are easy to use. Find out how to use them in your application for a great user experience.
  • 20:00 UTCKernel Triage – JFo
    • Description: Interested in the core parts of Ubuntu that make hardware work? Jeremy Foshee will take you on a tour through kernel wonderland and show you how to help out.


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Daniel Holbach

What a fantastic start of Ubuntu Developer Week. At times we had 350+ visitors and the amount of great questions was simply overwhelming. Awesome. I also noticed the first few participants actively helping out after the sessions. This makes me incredibly happy.

So here’s a re-cap of day 1:

  • 16:00 UTC – 18:00 UTC: Getting Started With Development (dholbach): This two-hour session was one of the most action-packed sessions I ever ran. So many great questions, so much fun and so much topics covered. Thanks a lot everybody. We managed to set up an initial Ubuntu development environment, talk about Ubuntu development processes and Ubuntu in the bigger picture. In the second part we had a look at a couple of packages that fail to build and succeeded in fixing a few of them. Awesome!
  • 18:00 UTC – 19:00 UTC: Widgetcraft (apachelogger): Next up was Harald Sitter who did a great job explaining how to write KDE widgets by using the Plasmoid infrastructure. Lots of real-life examples, lots of excitement and slides for your reading pleasure.
  • 19:00 UTC – 20:00 UTC: Desktop Team Overview (seb128): Sébastien Bacher did a great presentation of what’s going on in the Desktop Team and how you can help out. Maybe we should have an additional “Ask Séb” session, next time. Heaps and heaps of interested Desktop people kept him quite busy. :-)
  • 20:00 UTC – 21:00 UTC: Authoring Upstart Jobs (slangasek): Last on day 1 was Steve Langasek who dived deep into Upstart’s features and how to make best use of them. I foresee lots and lots of good use made of it.

Thanks a lot to everybody who helped to make Day 1 such a success. Awesome!

So what’s cooking for Day 2 you ask?

  • 16:00 UTCPackaging like a Ninja – shadeslayer
    • Description: The Kubuntu team has lots of ninjas on their team. Rohan Garg is one of them and will show you how to join the team.
  • 17:00 UTC«I Don’t Know Anything About Translations» – dpm
    • Description: If you’ve heard yourself saying exactly that at least one time, Translations Mastermind David Planella is here with the remedy: one hour of translations goodness.
  • 18:00 UTCDeveloping With Qt Quick and QML – Riddell
    • Description: Jonathan Riddell will bring you up to scratch with the latest goodness for developing Qt applications. Qt Quick and QML will bring a lot more fun to your life.
  • 19:00 UTCHow To Work With Debian – Laney and Rhonda
    • Description: Debian is the most important project to Ubuntu. Being able to work effectively with Debian will make your life easier. Iain Lane knows this quite well and will give an excellent session about this. Rhonda from the Debian Project will round it up with some comments looking from the other side at it.
  • 20:00 UTCSetting Up A Small Validation Dashboard – zyga
    • Description: Zygmunt Krynicki will talk about a tool he is writing for Linaro and how to make use of it in other places. Dashboard is a tool for visualizing results from unit tests and performance benchmarks. Dashboard can be applied virtually everywhere where performance or regression monitoring is required.

Totally looking forward to it! :-D

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    Daniel Holbach

    … it’s Ubuntu Developer Week time!

    Starting from 16:00 UTC today, we’ll have one week of awesome sessions revolving around development, packaging, hacking and in general making Ubuntu better.

    I’m very excited for the event to kick off, so let’s see what day 1 has for us:

    • 16:00 UTC17:00 UTCGetting Started With Development – dholbach
      • Description: As always we’ll start the week with a session on how to get you started. In this session Daniel Holbach will get you set up, talk about helpful tools and make sure you get the big picture overview first.
    • 18:00 UTCWidgetcraft – apachelogger
      • Description: Ever wanted to create your own amazing Plasma Widget? Now is your chance! Harald Sitter will show you how to create such a magical program and how to get your own fan club.
    • 19:00 UTCDesktop Team overview – seb128
      • Description: Sébastien Bacher will talk about how the desktop team is building your favorite desktop, what the common tasks are that the team is working on and what you could do if you want to contribute as well
    • 20:00 UTCAuthoring Upstart Jobs – slangasek
      • Description: As you all might’ve heard upstart is Ubuntu’s init system for quite a while now. Upstart offers a bunch of nice features, which you can easily make use of, after Steve Langasek showed you how.
      • Preparation: Skim the init(5) manpage and bring your questions with you

    I hope to see you all there and be sure to tell your friends!

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    Daniel Holbach

    Probably due to the soccer championship or the hot weather in some countries we had a slow week last week. Here’s the quick report:

    Total bugs with patches: 2263 (-1)
    Reviewed patches: 331 (0)
    Bugs with 'patch-needswork': 86 (+1)
    Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-upstream': 133 (+6)
    Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-debian': 41 (+1)
    Bugs with 'indicator-application': 44 (-1)
    Bugs with 'patch-accepted-upstream': 47 (0)
    Bugs with 'patch-accepted-debian': 13 (0)
    Bugs with 'patch-rejected-upstream': 15 (+1)
    Bugs with 'patch-rejected-debian': 1 (0)

    … which means: we need your help. Instructions are available and a warm welcome in #ubuntu-reviews certain.

    Operation Cleansweep: Progress

    Operation Cleansweep: Progress

    Also: watch our for Nigel’s session at Ubuntu Developer Week about Operation Cleansweep on Wednesday 14th July at 16:00 UTC.

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    Daniel Holbach

    Only a few days left until Ubuntu Developer Week! I’m really excited and hope you tell all your friends to come there too! :-)

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    Daniel Holbach

    I’d like to renew my call for participation: please pick an Ubuntu bug, find docs if you need them, attempt to fix it and explain to me what you did, what you tried, what worked, what didn’t in an email to daniel holbach ubuntu com.

    I’ll post about the result in a couple of days.

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    Daniel Holbach

    Ubuntu Developer Week is back again, which means five days of action-packed IRC sessions where you learn more about hacking on Ubuntu, developing Ubuntu and how to interact with other projects.

    We’ll have a fantastic time from July 12th 2010 to July 16th 2010, great speakers, interesting sessions, lots of good questions and great people who get to know each other.

    If you’re new to Ubuntu Developer Week and what it is, check out the general page, how to join in and how it all works.

    Our sessions cover:

    • Getting involved with Ubuntu development, becoming a Kubuntu Ninja, Authoring Upstart jobs, Working With Translations, Having fun with Packaging QA
    • How Daily Builds work, Operation Cleansweep, Setting up a validation dashboard, Working with Merge Proposals, Working with Django, Adopting an Upstream, Forwarding Bugs and Patches Upstream
    • How to work with Debian, Ubuntu Server, Xubuntu and Edubuntu goodness, Kernel Triage
    • Widgetcraft, QT Quick, QML
    • Desktop goodness, Application Indicators, Rocking Papercuts
    • Lots of FUN

    DIGG IT!

    Guess who brings the awesomeness to you? It’s these people:

    Daniel Holbach
    Harald Sitter
    Sébastien Bacher
    Steve Langasek
    Rohan Garg
    David Planella
    Jonathan Riddell
    Iain Lane
    Zygmunt Krynicki
    Nigel Babu
    Pedro Villavicencio
    Jorge O. Castro
    Ted Gould
    Jeremy Foshee
    Didier Roche
    Thierry Carrez
    Charlie Kravetz
    Martin Albisetti
    Michael Hall
    Jonathan Carter
    Andrea Colangelo
    Andrea Gasparini
    Lorenzo de Liso

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    Daniel Holbach

    If you haven’t seen yet, click here.

    It’s what we call the LoCo Directory and where more and more data of our Local Community teams goes. In the beginning we started with just a simple list of LoCo teams and additional data they can put there. After some time we added the functionality to put events in there too. It’s awesome and the work the whole team put into it is just amazing. The good thing is that we all hang out in #ubuntu-locoteams, do code reviews together and learn from each other. It’s a fantastic project.

    To continue the great story and plan our next steps a bit, we’ll meet in #ubuntu-meeting ( on July 8th, 14:00 UTC.

    Topics we’d like to talk about:

    If you know a bit about Django, Python, Web development or are keen to learn about it and be part of a fantastic project that powers a great and fantastic part of our community, be there and talk to us.

    (Also if you microblog about this and other LoCo stuff, use the #locoteams hashtag.)

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    Daniel Holbach

    State of things: Operation Cleansweep

    State of things: Operation Cleansweep

    Operation Cleansweep is in full swing and we’re slowly but steadily working our way through 2000 patches. You should be part of this! It’s easy and a lot of fun. Join #ubuntu-reviews on and just check out our review guide. The process is quite straight-forward.

    I thought it’d help to have a look at a few patches together and see how the process works, so here we go. Consider these few bugs and what was done there:

    • 544242 This bug was opened with a patch provided by the reporter. It was subscribed by the subscription script with the patchtag. The patch was forwarded upstream, and recieved the patch-forwarded-upstream tag. After upstream accepted this patch, it recieved the patch-accepted-upstream tag and is ready to be fixed in Ubuntu.
    • 33288 The initial patch tag was changed to patch-needswork based on upstream comments.
    • 523349 The patch was forwarded to Debian and accepted there (patch-accepted-debian).
    • 544242 The patch was forwarded to Upstream GNOME (patch-forwaded-upstream) and after some discussion accepted (patch-accepted-upstream) there.
    • 462193 The patch was forwarded to Debian (because it just contained changes to the debian/ directory) and accepted there.

    That’s not too bad now, is it? Join in on the fun and make Ubuntu and upstream projects rock even harder!

    Watch out for the Ubuntu Developer Week announcement, we’ll have a couple of great sessions about this topic too!

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    Daniel Holbach

    We’re at 14% now, but we need help. Join Operation Cleansweep today.

    Last week saw these changes:

    • Total bugs with patches: 2270 (-5)
    • Reviewed patches: 310 (+20)


    • Bugs with ‘patch-needswork’: 80 (+3)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-forwarded-upstream’: 119 (+11)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-forwarded-debian’: 33 (+6)
    • Bugs with ‘indicator-application’: 44 (0)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-accepted-upstream’: 48 (-2)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-accepted-debian’: 12 (0)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-rejected-upstream’: 11 (-1)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-rejected-debian’: 1 (+1)

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    Daniel Holbach

    We want to make it easy to get involved in Ubuntu on a broad basis, but also make it easy to just go ahead and do something as a drive-by contribution.

    At UDS we talked a lot about making it easy to just go and fix a bug that bothers you. We did a couple of improvements to our documentation and some other bits here and there.

    What I now need is your feedback. It’d be super-sweet if you never just went and fixed a bug in Ubuntu, you now just tried to do that. I don’t want to give too many instructions, because I want to see how you go about finding docs, which tools you use, what you do to make it happen, so the instructions are thus:

    • Wear your hardhat.
    • Remember an Ubuntu bug that bothered you or find one you’d like to work on
    • Take notes. It’s important that you note down what exactly you tried to do, what worked and what didn’t work. We want to fix the process harder and make it super-smooth.
    • Add a comment to this blog entry or mail dholbach at ubuntu dot com with your findings.

    Thanks a bunch in advance. This is an awesome opportunity for you to not only fix a bug in Ubuntu, but also help fix the process involved.

    I’ll report the findings in a couple of weeks.

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    Daniel Holbach

    … sounds like a daunting challenge, but actually it’s quite doable, because we’ll be a lot of people and we’ll have help from upstream project and the Debian project to make an informed decision about these fixes.

    The goal of Operation Cleansweep is to have a look at all the bugs with patches in Launchpad and guide them through the patch review process. Come, join us in #ubuntu-reviews on and help to make all the black go red in the countdown meter below:

    If you’re not afraid of having a look at patches, trying them and getting in touch with other people about them, this is a fantastic way to get involved!

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    Daniel Holbach

    I’m very happy with the plans of the Ubuntu NGO team this cycle. In short we want to:

    • have more regular meetings – once a month
    • get an overview of NGO-related blueprints in maverick (
    • come up with specific questions for interviews
    • work on stats/feedback from the interviews – find out what works very well for NGO – tools they’ve built on their own
    • put together spec and blog, post to mailing list announcing Manifest and create branch to make it easier for others to contribute
    • document set-up and install for common applications for NGOs
    • create Facebook group
    • investigate if there’s “NGO Planet websites” somewhere
    • find list of groups of websites and list of organisations
    • See if NGOs would consider document their work – best practices

    If you’re interested in stuff that non-profits, NGOs and charities do, in Ubuntu and making the world a better place. Join the team and the mailing list and contribute!

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    Daniel Holbach

    For a few development cycles we have been working on reorganising the Ubuntu archive and developer permissions. There were a lot of changes that were suggested and discussed and it proved to be quite a bit of work.

    We completed a huge chunk of it and because there are many misconceptions about it, here’s a list of changes that are implemented today:

    • Ubuntu developers can apply for upload rights for one or more specific packages. This is very interesting for upstream or Debian maintainers or simply people who are interested in just a very narrow selection of packages.
    • We created a list of package sets. This concept works great for teams that are interested simply in a subset of packages, ie: kubuntu, ubuntu-server, ubuntu-desktop, etc. You can query them via the Launchpad API. Also can you apply for upload rights for those.
    • Because of these changes, we merged ubuntu-main-sponsors and ubuntu-universe-sponsors into ubuntu-sponsors. Here a view that explains who can upload which packages. (Process docs.)
    • Also did we merge motu-sru into ubuntu-sru. (Process docs.)
    • Also did we merge motu-release into ubuntu-release. (Process docs.)

    These changes will give us much more flexibility in giving teams more liberties to maintain packages efficiently. Also do the changes above make it easier for contributors, because for things like sponsorship, SRU and release decisions they just get in touch with one team, no matter which package set the package maybe be in in the end.

    Thanks everybody for your hard work on this!

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    Daniel Holbach

    Debian and Ubuntu

    I was particularly happy that Stefano Zacchiroli, the Debian Project Leader, was at the last Ubuntu Developer Summit in Brussels. He’s a great guy. Also was I quite happy with the discussion at UDS and the notes we all took from it. Here’s Stefano’s report.

    While having concrete actions to follow up on are great, we also need more people from both projects engaging with each other and sharing knowledge and their project’s culture so we form a mutual understanding of both.

    One step I took was to hang out in #debian-ubuntu on OFTC. Hope to see you there regularly.

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    Daniel Holbach

    I’ll do these sessions today and tomorrow:

    The first session is brought to you by the Packaging Training, the second one by Ubuntu Open Week. If you always wanted to get involved in development, don’t be shy, join us and maverick is going to be YOUR cycle!

    Sessions, as always in #ubuntu-classroom on

    (Also as Nathan said, we’re looking for help with the Packaging Training Coordination.)

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      Daniel Holbach

      Today’s the day! We’ll get together and review heaps and heaps of Ubuntu patches.

      If you’re not afraid of looking at code, testing out things, talking to people and enjoy making Ubuntu better and having a lot of fun, this event is just the right thing for you.

      What you need to do is quite simple:

      Here’s a very quick blow-by-blow run-down of how we plan to get the number of patches down to 0:

      1. read the bug entirely
      2. subscribe to it
      3. do a first sanity check (is it a genuine patch? is it a patch for the package in question? etc.)
      4. test if it still applies, test it
      5. forward to Debian (if applicable)
      6. forward to Upstream (if applicable)
      7. tag bug appropriately
      8. if necessary, get it sponsored

      I hope we see you in #ubuntu-reviews in a bit. This is going to be great! Let’s get the number of patches down to 0 together! :-)

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      Daniel Holbach

      Ubuntu Open WeekAwesome awesome awesome!

      Today, in less than hour Ubuntu Open Week will start. This is an awesome opportunity to learn more about Ubuntu, its teams, its people and what’s going on in the project. If you always wanted to get involved this is the perfect opportunity!

      Check out the fantastic timetable and the terrific sessions that are going on. The presenters have put a lot of hard work into their sessions and want YOU to be there and will be happy to receive your questions.

      I hope some other LoCos and translations teams will pick this up, because it’s just amazing: the Spanish-speaking Ubuntu community has put together Ubuntu Open Week ES. If you “habla español”, be sure to check it out.

      Well done everybody, have a fantastic week!

      Here’s how to join in.

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      Daniel Holbach

      YES! YES! YES!

      Another fantastic release out. Loads of great new features and loads of amazing and hard work done by a lot of teams. Thanks a lot everybody! You ROCK! I’m proud to work with all of you!

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