Desktop Team Development Meeting, 2007-11-15

Scott James Remnant scott at
Thu Nov 15 15:10:14 GMT 2007

These are the meeting minutes for the team at Canonical responsible for
development of the desktop.  This meeting is public; if you wish to
attend, please do (it's at 1400UTC every Thursday) -- if you have items
for the agenda, send them to me in advance for consideration.

== Present ==

 * Scott James Remnant (Keybuk) - chair
 * Jonathan Riddell (Riddell)
 * Kenneth Wimer (kwwii)
 * Martin Pitt (pitti)
 * Michael Vogt (mvo)
 * Mirco Müller (MacSlow)
 * Ted Gould ({ted})

 * Sebastien Bacher (seb128)

== Agenda ==

 * Welcome to Ted Gould
 * Meeting Time
 * Spec Approval
 * PolicyKit adoption strategy
 * Sending patches upstream and to Debian

== Welcome to Ted Gould ==

Ted Gould, known to many as one of the Inkscape core developers, has
joined Canonical and will be working on Desktop integration and
consistency issues, as well as taking up some of the missing pieces in
our maintenance.

== Spec Approval ==

The deadline for specs to be ready for review and approval is Thursday
22nd November (next week).  Team members were reminded of this, and
asked to repeatedly nag me rather than blocking on me.

== PolicyKit adoption strategy ==

pitti proposed that the strategy for adoption of PolicyKit should be to
initially replace use of libpam-foreground in those applications, but
keep using gksudo for those applications currently using that.

This gives us an easier migration/adoption plan.

He expressed concern that since all processes now run non-privileged,
users can now simply ptrace() them and be able to execute code with
arbitrary PolicyKit privileges.  He is uncomfortable with general option
all the time ptrace() is enabled by default.

ACTION: pitti to mail kees and kernel team about disabling ptrace and
        re-enabling interface

== Sending patches upstream and to Debian ==

A gentle reminder about the topic of the cycle: ensuring that all our
patches are sent upstream and to Debian where possible.  Since we're
doing merges right now, it's the perfect time to get the slate clean and
then keep it clean thereafter.

seb128 is working on a policy for tagging patches to make it more
visible whether they have been sent upstream, and what the purposes of
the patch is.  He'll mail that out to everyone when done.

Scott James Remnant
scott at
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