"What I like least in Ubuntu"
david.henningsson at canonical.com
Sun Jul 24 04:21:11 UTC 2011
On 2011-07-22 10:41, Daniel Holbach wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> for a while we've had a section in Ubuntu developer applications 
> which was named "what I like least in Ubuntu". This is very valuable
> feedback, since it comes from (relatively) new contributors who don't
> have gotten used to warts and shortcomings in the development world yet.
> David Henningson asked me what was being done to this feedback in
> general. Members of the DMB told me that they regularly ask questions
> about the raised items in the application meetings and try to encourage
> the applicant to start a conversation about the problems or get involved
> in fixing them.
> I thought it was a good idea to summarise the items the applicants
> mentioned in the last 6 months (source: ) and start a discussion
> around them here.
> Grouped by category, numbers in parentheses are the number of mentions.
> = Development Processes =
> (4) review process:
> - too slow (2)
> - reviewers should go the extra mile (be more humane)
> - there should be more peer review
> (2) developer application docs:
> - too complicated,
> - unclear expectations
> (1) SRU process
> (1) missing mentoring programme
> (1) top-down decisions
> (1) bureaucracy
> = QA =
> (3) release cycle:
> - short release cycle brings in many regressions/bugs often, (2)
> - changes in LTS cycle too agressive
> (2) bug triage:
> - too hasty
> - so many bugs, can't give bugs the attention they deserve
> (1) poorly tested software is in the archive
> = Development Workflow =
> (3) peers not trying to get stuff into Debian
> (1) shortcomings of UDD
> = Software =
> (1) Qt translations not in LP(?)
> (1) U-boot binaries for each supported OMAP3 board
> (1) shortcomings of Java in Debian/Ubuntu
> (1) can't use Magic Mouse fully
> (1) the lack or backwardness of C# bindings
> (1) PulseAudio problems (in the process of being fixed)
> (1) package maintenance of claws
> = Other =
> (1) Virtually no community involvement or development into Ubuntu
> backend infrastructure(?)
> Feel free to discuss the details on this mailing list, but please
> consider renaming the subject of the mail.
> Thanks in advance.
> Have a great day,
>  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DeveloperMembershipBoard/ApplicationProcess
>  https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/devel-permissions
Excellent, this was just the kind of aggregation I was looking for! Thanks!
Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a separate cause that stands
out from the crowd, and that we could focus on addressing. One could
possibly note that the software itself is a clear minority compared to
development and QA, i e it's more about "how we do it" than "what we do".
David Henningsson, Canonical Ltd.
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