The One Hundred Papercuts project is back for another round of dedicated bug fixing during the Ubuntu 11.04 development cycle.
But this time with a slight difference…
With that in mind the team have decided to aim higher this year: rather than setting the goal posts at a stock 100, as has been the case through Karmic to Maverick, the papercuts team have decided to try and fix as many bugs as possible!
Writing on the Canonical Design team blog team member Vish explained the thinking behind the change:
Rather than setting the same old target of hundred bugs, as we do for each cycle, for the Natty Cycle our target is : ‘As many bugs as we can fix, As a community‘. The Papercuts project is a community project and not many seem to have noticed this. This cycle we would like to increase community awareness and participation in the project.
Since Banshee has been chosen as the default music player for Ubuntu 11.04 the team have first set their sights on polishing up the popular meda player.
Examples of Banshee papercuts targeted include: -
- Should not show tab in Properties window, when there is only one tab
- icons in music source and music folder dropdown are different size
- If pausing before entering fullscreen, the movie goes blank
The second round of fixing will center on Empathy and Gwibber. Some prime cuts deemed vital to fix include: -
- Empathy is almost impossible to set as a startup application
- “Automatically connect on startup” setting confusing – users may expect this to run Empathy on login
- font and the font size cannot be changed
Third up are ‘bugs in notify-osd, indicator-* , application-indicators and other papercut bugs in the Ayatana family of products.”
- “Auto eth0″ in notifications is confusing
- changing the volume is impossible while muted
- “Battery Discharging” is a horribly worded message
The default file manage Nautilus will be the focus of the fourth round.
- Eject/Unmount icon in Nautilus sidebar should have hover and click states
- should ask confirmation before opening a multiple items selection
- “Home Folder” has 3 different names
Later rounds will centre on office applications, photo and video apps, miscellaneous entries, window grip and, for the final run, the Ubuntu Software Centre.
You can view all papercuts @ launchpad.net/hundredpapercuts/natty
Aside from aiming higher than before another new initiative for Natty has been created: ‘Papercut Ninja’s.’
The Ninja’s initiative aims to make it easier for people to jump in and help fix papercut bugs.
Vish explains how: -
“Just subscribe to the mailing list and get notified when a new papercut bug is accepted. When you notice one you like, claim the bug, assign it to yourself and just fix it!”
More information on the Ninja team can be found @ design.canonical.com/2010/11/here-come-the-ninjas