Working with Xubuntu project

I’m using Xubuntu, also when teaching in Haaga-Helia. I just met with Pasi Lallinaho, leader of Xubuntu project.
Xubuntu is Linux distribution using the XFCE desktop. It’s based on Ubuntu (and Debian), simple, light and fits on a CD. And best of all, the desktop looks conservative and obvious.
How Haaga-Helia could work with Xubuntu project:

  • Testing
    • Test Ubuntu milestone releases (eg. betas) at the right time: eg. Xubuntu Beta 2 should be tested about 2012-09-17 to 2012-09-20.
    • File bugs
      • To Launchpad Bug list
      • Use ‘ubuntu-bug –save firefox’ to collect error reports
      • Publish hardware details on homepage, link in bug. Short description. Could include machinotero report.
      • Discuss the most important bugs
      • Advanced students could do schoolwork with beta images
  • Pasi could give a visiting lecture
  • An article about Xubuntu in Haaga-Helia. Will be on Xubuntu.org, stay tuned.
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  1. A few notes about Beta 2 release, (reporting) testing, filing bugs and other stuff.
    Actually, 2012-09-20 is the Beta 2 freeze, so the first candidate images are released for testing on Monday 2012-09-24. Oops… Even the non-milestone testing helps, especially now that Xubuntu did not release Beta 1 for Quantal. We will try really hard to get it in a good (think: at least installable) shape in the following days.
    Adding bugs to Launchpad should work by running ubuntu-bug package-name, where package-name is obviously the package with what you had the bug with. For example, if you have a problem with the installer, the correct package would be ubiquity. This sometimes needs a bit of detective work, but if everything else fails, you can always ask #xubuntu-devel on Freenode, and we will at least give and educated guess.
    If the previous method fails, you can use the command Tero already posted: ubuntu-bug package-name ‑‑save filename, which will save the same output into one single file – filename – which you can again manually add to the bug report.
    AFAIK, ubuntu-bug should also collect all necessary hardware information for the bug, so you don’t need to do that separately.
    However, when reporting tests, you should add a link to your hardware specification to your report in the Ubuntu QA/ISO testing tracker. This can be a simple page with your PC specs, and having the machinotero output doesn’t hurt either.
    Following the news on the Xubuntu website is a good idea even generally. We also have several social media outlets (see the footer). If you want more reading on and around Xubuntu and Open Source, you can read my blog It’s free.. For general interest, Planet Ubuntu is a good resource on things around the Ubuntu community.
    Thanks Tero for inviting me, for the interesting discussions and for the good feeback – we’ve already started processing it! I hope we can eventually make Xubuntu even better distribution for us all.

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