Today Sessions :
Defect Analyst Bug Review Dashboard
This session was to create a way to monitor bugs across several packages and in an efficient way. Currently, most people who want to work on bugs of multiple packages create a team and subscribe all packages to this team. It’s working to get information, but nothing exist to summarize statistics about the bugs (status, severity, in progress …).
Ask Ubuntu for the experts
Presentation of Askubuntu.com, and some advanced features to use it (edit, tag, bounty, votes …), and possible integration with Loco teams. It still sad that it’s only in English, so not easy to do support, in counties which don’t speak English.
This session was to discuss the use of a calendar application, because with the switch to Thunderbird, there is no calendar in 11.10.
There is different solutions :
- Adding extension to TB to handle calendar features. But some people express the wish to have no extension by default on TB.
- Adopting Maya, the calendar application of Elementary OS. But this application is not finished, and it needs help to be functional.
- Write a new application. But it needs time and resources, + it will probably be dropped once Gnome have it’s own calendar application, or if Maya is finished and works well.
Discussion followed in the Default application session, and probably nothing will happen this cycle to add a calendar solution (unless a drop-in solution is found).
12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Release Planning
This one was about the schedule of the release, the different milestones etc … It’s a review of the current roadmap, and adjustments of it. For example, the DebianImportFreeze (the date when automatic imports from Debian testing stopped) was moved later in the cycle due to Christmas break. Also, it was confirmed that there will be no RC official images, but a period when images will be declared as “release candidate”.
Also, the status of derivatives was discussed. Finally, something was written about the status of derivatives, how you can achieve this status, what support is provided by Canonical … It was something always blurry, and we suffer it when Lubuntu tried to be official.
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The plenaries was about ARM technology and patents. There was also the traditional group photos after.
This session was to discuss which version of GNOME will be shipped, 3.2 (the actual stable one) or 3.4 (the next stable one).
For the 2 main parts of the platform (GTK and glib), the plan is to update them to 3.4. It may have problems with multitouch support which is now included in GTK. It may conflict with Ubuntu multitouch implementation. There was also a discussion about the idea to have some sort of LTS version for GTK (discussion to be continued with GNOME people).
The plan for the rest of the applications is to stay by default on 3.2, and pickup components from 3.4 in some cases. Nautilus (and gvfs), Evolution for example should stay with 3.2, like empathy. For other small applications, it will be discuss case by case.
Default Apps Discussion
This is the usual session to discuss applications by default. Many topics was discussed :
- Inclusion of Boot-repair in the Live-CD : probably yes if there is no stopper.
- Inclusion of FreeRDP : to be check with security.
- Video editor : No (not needed by default)
- Rhythmbox / Banshee :
This subject was a bit of surprise for me, I didn’t expect such discussion will happen. However, the 2 applications have problems :
- Banshee : Problem on ARM (doesn’t work), no GTK3 support, and removing Banshee will remove Mono from the CD (good for the space) and probably from main (which make Security team happy, not having to maintain Mono stack for 5 years)
- RB : U1 store need to be updated, Music lense needs to be updated, it needs a release from upstream.
A quick vote on usage of both applications in the room makes approximately a 50 / 50 result (maybe a bit more for RB).
Conclusion, RB will probably be back on the CD, if no problem is raised by the other teams not present during the session. The decision was not easy, but IMO it makes sense in the context of an LTS. And, well, Banshee will still be available in the archive, will at least the same level of integration than in 11.10.