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LinuxCon: Shuttleworth's Three Methods to Improve FOSS Development

Sep 24, 2009, 20:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"This is large part of the strategy behing Canonical's strict six-month release for the Ubuntu distribution and the 18-month Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) cycles.

"It won't be easy, he told the crowd, but already quite a few projects are seeing the value of cadence (Shuttleworth cited recent moves in the KDE Project). Shuttleworth empasized, as he has in the past, that it doesn't matter what pattern of cadence projects take, just so long as that pattern is predictable.

"Quality is another core component of how development projects can improve. Shuttleworth described how Canonical continually applies bug tracking data to improve Ubuntu. This seemed to strike a chord in attendees--several of the post-talk questions dealt with perceived lacks of response from the Ubuntu bug reporting system. Shuttleworth replied that even though bug fixes weren't going to be immediate, the more people that report a given bug, the higher the priority that bug would gain."

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