[Launchpad-users] Ubuntu Bug Week Announcement

Alberto Salvia Novella es20490446e at gmail.com
Fri Feb 14 09:39:06 UTC 2014

🌊 *Ubuntu is not a wave, but a sea*

I *think* what I'm going to say is anti-maketing, but also what for me 
seems real:

Ubuntu is *not a distro* at this time, but a prototype of software 
The same as GNOME 3 has been in its early days, which I hated so much 
and now I like so hard.

Usually I choose what *works now*, because working now is the only 
warrant it's actually been well done.
On the other hand, in my opinion, no operating system is fully working 
today; because "working" means "working *for nearly everyone*".

📈*Decisions work**, and rapidly*

So I chose Ubuntu because it's the only distro I see *decisions* are 
taken with criteria that actually works to put the operating system and 
libre software forward as a standard rapidly. Nearly every single thing 
that has been criticised to Ubuntu has through lately positive returns:

  * An *interface* that works across platforms, and which delivers
    maximum speed at work.
  * A *cloud* infrastructure that makes experience across devices very
    coherent, as these devices belonged to the same machine.
  * A massive *deployment* of the operating system.
  * Interest from the *gaming* industry in delivering titles to Linux.
    In fact, Steam and Source games work now without any errors at a
    stable performance in Saucy.
  * Interest in *GPUs* developers in greatly improving their drivers,
    both proprietary and libre.
  * The ability to *maintain* the computer by the user itself, without
    extra wasteful steps to configure it.

🐞*For bugs, a mini gun is being baked*

And what is left and we're *working* on it right now, and I have notice, 
is the abilities to:

  * *Automatically* test and manage bugs.
  * *Smoke test* for bugs before launching a disk image.
  * Have a simple, lean and coherent *manual bug and quality
    management*; accessible to any kind of contributor.
  * *Launch* stable releases of Ubuntu every a while.

So when this gets a little *more mature*, it seems the situation with 
bugs will be very different. And with mature I mean *months*.

🍻*Hype and a cup made a hiccup*

I think at the end the real discussion is about that people somehow 
feels like being *manipulated* by social media and marketing. I have to 
say that, in my opinion, Ubuntu is being advertised as more polished 
than actually is; and this is where I think marketing went wrong and 
somehow dishonest.

On the other hand, without excusing this point, I see the *intention* 
has been always good: making free software the standard, liberating 
computing, and showing that people can live working at it.

Regards ☕

El 13/02/14 23:54, John escribió:
> Hello all. My name is John.
> While I have been following behind the scenes stuff with Ubuntu since 
> the beginning, it's very rare that I reply to anything on a mailing 
> list. With that said, I have a thought or two.
> First, how does *2 days* constitute a week in reference to "Bug Week?" 
> Last time I checked, a week was 7 days, or 5 days if you were to go 
> the work/school days route.
> Second, why does bug smashing have to be limited to a "week?" 
> Shouldn't bugs be getting smashed as soon as humanly possible, no 
> matter when it is?
> Papercuts is a good forum, but "Bug Week" sounds like cheerleaders 
> standing on the sidelines rooting for their team when they are down by 
> 10 points with little time left on the clock.
> Something isn't right here. I will agree that the notification of the 
> event gives little to no time for people to prepare. The organizers do 
> use a public calendar, right? Better future planning is needed instead 
> of scrambling at the last minute.
> I'm not a programmer, so fixing bugs is something I can't do myself. I 
> do however, like to test new software, break it, give the developers 
> back the little pieces and tell them how it broke so they can fix it.
> Reporting bugs can be fun, albeit a bit frustrating when the app 
> doesn't work as advertised. People get discouraged when apps don't 
> function as intended and move on to another distro or even back to 
> Windows.
> I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew with my statements, 
> but this is what I've seen here for years.
> -John
> BaD_CrC @ Freenode
> On Feb 11, 2014 12:35 PM, "Alberto Salvia Novella" 
> <es20490446e at gmail.com <mailto:es20490446e at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     When saying Trusty is the most *stable release* I took into
>     consideration it is in alpha stage, so Trusty is the most stable
>     of all releases in alpha stage.
>     On the other hand, the Ubuntu *Bug Week* has been quite
>     unsuccessful. I thought in the worst scenario, because launching
>     it so soon, whe will be at least four people participating; but we
>     just where two. On the other hand, over a hundred bugs; so it
>     wasn't that bad, *thanks* to Javier P.L.
>     <https://launchpad.net/%7Echilicuil> for being so supportive.
>     Because of this, I want to ask people some *questions*; so next
>     time we do better. Please tell me the following, although the
>     possible answer doesn't seem relevant; so we can figure out what
>     has being missed in the event:
>       * *Why* you choose not to participate?
>       * *What* will make you to participate in an event like this?
>     Thank you
>     El 10/02/14 13:57, Matthew Paul Thomas escribió:
>>     Hash: SHA1
>>     Hi Alberto
>>     Alberto Salvia Novella wrote on 07/02/14 02:48:
>>>     ...
>>>     As said
>>>     <http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000017.html>  <http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000017.html>  by Joel
>>>     Spolsky, *good software* usually takes 10 years to become well
>>>     made. And this appears the case for Ubuntu 14.04; the most stable
>>>     release of all time, as it can be seen in its Error Tracker
>>>     <https://errors.ubuntu.com/>  <https://errors.ubuntu.com/>.
>>>     ...
>>     Unfortunately, the error tracker currently shows that Trusty (the
>>     orange line) is the *least* stable version of Ubuntu yet. The most
>>     stable release so far was 13.04 (the purple line).
>>     I guess you misunderstood this because the Y axis on the graph is
>>     unlabelled, which is itself a bug!<http://launchpad.net/bugs/1237499>  <http://launchpad.net/bugs/1237499>
>>     Unfortunately we can't tell whether Trusty is better or worse than
>>     other releases at this point of the release cycle, because data from
>>     before last July is on an old database server and not yet migrated to
>>     the current tracker.
>>     I hope the Bug Weekend was a success. Perhaps for future Bug Days, you
>>     could give more advance notice that they're happening.
>>     Cheers
>>     - -- 
>>     mpt
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