Xubuntu team direction

Pasi Lallinaho open at knome.fi
Tue Dec 8 01:50:30 UTC 2009

Lionel Le Folgoc wrote:
> Hi there,
> On Mon, Dec 07, 2009 at 01:20:07PM -0600, Jim Campbell wrote:
>>> It seems like most people are open to a council-type approach in terms of
>>> governance (if that's the right word).  It also seems like we would still
>>> need someone who can manage the seeds alongside Lionel, and perhaps do some
>>> development, too.  I'm not sure what all is involved in what Cody has done,
>>> to be honest, but we will need to find a person or (perhaps more likely) a
>>> couple people who can contribute in a technical manner similar to how has
>>> been able to contribute. I wouldn't expect anyone to perform those kind of
>>> duties right away, but . . .  eventually . . .  they could grow into those
>>> kind of responsibilities.
>>> I know what I'm proposing above isn't terribly formal, but I'm on visiting
>>> the neighbouring city of Milwaukee this weekend, and wanted to provide some
>>> input on this matter for now.  :)
> I'm all in favor of a council-type approach, thanks for thinking about
> this. ;)
> No problem about the people proposed either (although Micheal hasn't
> contributed at all to Xubuntu for more than six months, nor spoken on
> our ml or irc chan, so I'm not sure he's still interested).
I understand Michael has a lot to do, so I'm not blaming him for this.
Maybe someone should contact him if he doesn't reply soonish. I can do that.

Cody and Lionel, what do you think about the technical team leader(s)?
Also Cody, do you think several leaders per team would make sense?
>> Cody and Lionel, what areas do you think you could use the most support?  Is
>> it in bug triage?  Is it in development, packaging and patching?  Is it in
>> managing the seeds?  There may be Xubuntu users or MOTU folks who we could
>> recruit based on a specific need.
>> I know that recruiting new contributors is difficult (particularly skilled
>> ones) but identifying particular areas where we need the most development
>> help would at least give us a chance.
> The biggest issue isn't packaging imho. Now, most of our packages are
> synced as-is from Debian, and for the remaining ones, the delta with
> Debian is well identified (xubuntu-specific changes such as notify-osd
> support, etc.). Yet, some help would be appreciated on the
> StableReleaseUpdates (SRU) front, as currently we fix ~0 bug after a
> release, and users have to live with some annoying bugs during six
> months.
> An important problem for karmic was testing (especially gnome components
> <-> xfce interactions) and reporting bugs about that.  It's rather
> difficult to have the desktop team change something in their packages,
> and when we detect that a few days before/after the release, it's
> impossible. =]
> Charlie might probably need some help on bug triaging also…
> (I only focused on 'technical' stuff, but people may need help on
> documentation and artwork too ;)
At least for Lucid, no big help with artwork is needed as we'll mostly
polish the Albatross theme with the Shimmer team. I could use some help
on renewing the website though, if somebody is interested.

Documentation absolutely needs lots of help and love.
> Cheers,
> Lionel

Pasi Lallinaho
Xubuntu Marketing Lead
Web-designer, graphic artist
IRC: knome @ freenode

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