Proposed string freeze exceptions

Matthew East mdke at ubuntu.com
Mon Oct 5 08:28:10 BST 2009


Whoops, forgot to copy the translators in - please reply to this email
rather than my previous one. Apologies!

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 8:27 AM, Matthew East <mdke at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Hi Dean,
>
> I'm copying in ubuntu-translators and Jono for their respective input
> on the various points below.
>
> On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 11:30 PM, Dean Sas <dean at deansas.org> wrote:
>> Matthew East wrote:
>>> As usual right after string freeze our translators and other
>>> eagle-eyed bug reporters have picked up some errors in the
>>> documentation.
>>
>> Is there anything we can do to encourage people to look at the docs
>> earlier?
>
> It's a good question. Here are some ideas but people should feel free
> to add others.
>
> 1. Since it's the translators who often pick up these items, we should
> encourage translators to start working on the docs well before the
> string freeze. The reality is that most of the work they need to do
> can be started earlier without the work being wasted. And as you say,
> the package is uploaded relatively regularly so the translations are
> normally up to date. Do translators think this is realistic?
>
> 2. We could set up an automatic ppa upload with a package that is
> always up to date. I don't know how to do this but I've seen that some
> other teams have done so. That would need to be coupled with
> invitations to testers...
>
> 3. For ubuntu-docs contributors, we should document how to set up a
> virtualbox with the development version so that people can test
> earlier. This page is ok, although a bit heavy on screenshots -
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox/FirstVM. There is a good
> guide here - http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/07/29/running-karmic-in-a-virtual-machine/
> - but it is copyrighted. Jono, can we have your permission to take
> that article and put it in the help wiki under a cc-by-sa licence?
>
> 4. We could get the regular testing community involved in testing the
> docs so that testing documentation is a part of the regular testing
> regime - http://testcases.qa.ubuntu.com/
>
>> I think perhaps we should have made more noise on the planets a month or
>> so ago to ask people to review the documents as it is getting close to
>> string freeze.
>
> Agreed.
>
>> Milo mentioned that he looked at the docs as part of the Global Jam. Is
>> there a reason why the Jam is held when it is - after the archive is
>> frozen/slushy and before the ubuntu+1 archive is open?
>
> No idea! Jono?
>
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