Ubuntu Server papercuts project overview

Thierry Carrez thierry.carrez at ubuntu.com
Mon Jan 11 09:43:50 GMT 2010

Hello everyone,

At UDS Lucid in Dallas, we had a session on how to take the opportunity
of the LTS release to concentrate on fixing highly-annoying, low-hanging
fruit bugs. This effort was named "Server papercuts", as a tribute to
the famous "One hundred papercuts" project from the Desktop experience team.

The idea is to spend time during this less-featureful development cycle
to fix server usability issues that make Ubuntu Server less
sysadmin-friendly. The first part of this work involves identifying such
issues, and for that we need the help of the Ubuntu Server user
community, which experiences those issues every day. Server papercuts
are also a great way to start being involved in bug fixing and
development, since they should all be relatively easy-to-fix bugs.

The idea is presented in more detail at:

The detailed process will be discussed during our team meetings in
January (on Wednesdays at 1400 UTC on Freenode's #ubuntu-meetings IRC
channel), so that we can start the effort early in February. The agenda
is as follows:

Jan 13: Project announcement, discussion of the nomination mechanism
Jan 20: Discuss acceptance criteria, project publicity plan
Jan 27: Define measurable goals

For the nomination mechanism, there are two options. One is to use a
separate project in Launchpad (like for the "One hundred papercuts"
project), the other is to use a set of tags.

LP project approach:
* Nominate by marking Also affects project
* Accept by marking bug Confirmed for the project
* Reject by marking bug Invalid for the project
* Find bugs by looking at project bugs
* Fix-release in both Ubuntu and project

LP tag approach:
* Nominate by tagging server-papercut-proposed
* Accept by tagging server-papercut
* Reject by marking server-papercut-refused
* Find bugs by searching for tags
* Fix-release in Ubuntu

We'd like to hear from you ! Please join us if you're interested, or
reply to this thread if you unfortunately can't join us this time !

Thierry Carrez
Ubuntu server team

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