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Working for Canonical

  • 1st May, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Dapper Drake and friend
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

It's the beginning of my second week at Canonical.

The first week was absolutely hectic. Like many Canonical employees, I work from home, so my first contact with people was over IRC. Everyone was super friendly and I got to see a couple of familiar names to boot. But it was soon apparent that I would be doomed.

You see, I'm the new Quality Controller at Ubuntu. And we have a growing number of bugs to triage every day. With a release candidate coming out soon, this leaves little time for us to fix the multitude of bugs.


That is, until I heard about the BugSquad. These guys are great, they've been hunting down bugs left and right all week long. But it still looks like a losing battle. I quit working on Saturday with 1180 bugs, and we're now back to 1217. Oof.

I'll let Daniel announce it officially, but we'll be holding another Hug Day on Wednesday. This week, we'll be concentrating on crasher bugs: segmentation faults, assertion failures, if something just gives up and dies, we're going to triage it.

Don't worry if you're not a programmer! We need your help. You can learn how to sort out bugs, look for duplicates, and ask for more information. And if you are a programmer, maybe I can teach you a few tricks to find memory faults.

Wow. This release is going to be an exciting ride!


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1st May, 2006 15:44 (UTC)
I'm interested.
1st May, 2006 15:57 (UTC)
Very cool!

This post was for the benefit of the people at Planet Ubuntu. But it would be fun to have you help out.
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1st May, 2006 15:58 (UTC)
That's awesome!
1st May, 2006 20:20 (UTC)
just out of interest, how often does Ubuntu do bug days?
At Gentoo we're holding them once a month now (first Saturday of the month), and considering moving to every second Saturday.

At our current bug rate however, we're losing badly - the average week sees 600 bugs opened, and 300 bugs closed - in a week or two, we will hit 10k open bugs :-(.
1st May, 2006 20:52 (UTC)
I think, as we're approaching release, we're going to have to step it up to once every other week. Perhaps once a week, if we can manage it.
2nd May, 2006 02:36 (UTC)
Sign me up! Anything Ubuntu = w00t!
2nd May, 2006 02:46 (UTC)
Watch my weblog for details!
2nd May, 2006 07:58 (UTC)
Dapper and freind?
Shouldn't that be 'Dapper Drake +1', or Edgy Eft for short?

Sorry, OT I know, but I couldn't resist.
4th May, 2006 22:08 (UTC)
What is Canonical. Where is it?
4th May, 2006 22:27 (UTC)
Canonical is a corporation that was formed to promote the use of free software, and does this by hiring developers to write good code.

It's headquartered in the Isle of Man, which means that most of us work remotely.
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