Launcpad as a developer.

Peter Schwenke peter at
Mon Sep 8 04:16:36 BST 2008

Hi Michael,

Michael Ritter wrote:
> To whom it may concern,
> For those of you who are developers, I would like to know you
> experiences joining
> Launchpad and then joining a team of developers.
> After viewing 1,000 projects from 7,900+ available I still don't know
> what one I should join.
> Maybe an Australian team? I like to work in C/C++.

Maybe the best thing is to fix something that niggles you or any
application that personally interests you.  Its a small world so the
geographical aspect probably doesn't matter that much.  So probably
scratching your own itch will be best.

One tip.  The Canonical team is fairly small.  For example, I have found
that with things like kernel patches you are better going upstream and
letting them filter back down.   I think that the last time I looked the
kernel team was 3 or 4 people and they also were spread across other
things.  So even very small, low risk fixes won't go to the Ubuntu
kernel and be submitted upstream.

You can, of course, have your own packages available.  These days it is
easier to host them with the "ppa" mechanism.  But it is better if the
changes go in so that everyone can use your hard work.


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