Unity desktop and maverick backport

Dustin Kirkland kirkland at ubuntu.com
Thu Nov 18 23:58:29 GMT 2010

Rick Spencer <rick.spencer at canonical.com> wrote:
> In my opinion, for what it is worth, this sounds like an unfortunate,
> but necessary trade off.
> I think we will lose a fairly large degree of testing and feedback, by
> forcing interested contributors to move Natty so early. However, I think
> it's rational to trade that for an increased focus on the ultimate
> quality of the new compiz-based unity in Natty and beyond.
> I think we'll get the most useful feedback from people *using* Unity.
> So, this means that we'll need to focus on supporting early Natty
> adopters, for instance paying more attention to quickly resolving
> adoption blocking bugs.

What about trying to use TestDrive for more widespread yet safe
Unity-on-Natty testing?

Andres Rodriguez put an awesome GTK front end on TestDrive for his
GSoC project in the Maverick cycle.  Now, you can configure it and
sync and launch VMs from a GUI.  You can optionally rsync/zsync the
latest daily ISO and then launch it in either KVM or VirtualBox, all
confined within a safe virtual machine environment.

Beyond that, Scott Moser and I are working on a blueprint related to
Desktop-in-the-Cloud.  This could be yet another way of "safely"
testing and identifying blocking bugs.


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