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Bug squashing party Sept 10th-11th

Seen any bugs in Debian GNU/Linux lately? Wants to help? It's time for another bug-squashing weekend!
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Hi everyone,

As you may have noticed [0], last weekend's bug-squashing party (BSP)
was very successful… which is all the more reason to have another
one! Debian Women will be holding a BSP this weekend (September
10th and 11th) to coincide with Software Freedom Day [1], a global
grassroots effort to promote free and open source software, organised
by 200 teams world-wide. Coordination for the BSP will happen on the
#debian-bugs IRC channel on irc.oftc.net. (Note this is *not* the
usual bug-squashing channel.)

The main goal of this weekend's BSP is to encourage people who haven't
previously attended a BSP to get involved. If you've never
participated in a BSP, this is a great time to start — there will be
lots of people around to answer questions, and plenty of bugs for all
levels of of experience, skills and time commitment. First time
bug-squashers should read Steve Langasek's “Squashing Release-Critical
Bugs in Debian: A Primer” [2]. Steve also has several useful links
[3], which are worth reading in advance of the BSP.

The Technical Information
=========================

As QT and kdelibs also have made their C++ transition in unstable we
should now be able to target almost all g++ 4.0 related bugs. While
uploads for the C++ transition should be the priority for
non-maintainer uploads (NMUs) during the BSP, it would be extremely
useful if non-DDs would work on filing bugs about the C++ transition,
instead of submitting patches for previously reported bugs.

During the BSP, we will use a 0-day NMU policy. This means that
uploads that fix RC bugs that are more than a week old can be uploaded
directly. However, if you feel unsure about a patch, perhaps because
the patch is rather invasive, do ask on #debian-bugs (on irc.oftc.net)
for review, or upload to the DELAYED queue [4,5] to give the package
maintainer some time to respond.

Finally, everyone should consider reading the two announcements by
Matthias Klose and Steve Langasek about the C++ transition [6,7] and
the mails by Colin Watson and Pascal Hakim about the latest
bug-tracking system features [8,9] before attending the BSP.

[0] http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/
[1] http://www.softwarefreedomday.org
[2] http://people.debian.org/~vorlon/rc-bugsquashing.html
[3] http://people.debian.org/~vorlon/rc-bugsquashing-urls.txt
[4] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/02/msg00887.html
[5] http://people.debian.org/~djpig/delayed.html
[6] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/07/msg00001.html
[7] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/07/msg00007.html
[8] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/07/msg00010.html
[9] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/07/msg00014.html

Regards,

- –
hanna m. wallach
http://join-the-dots.org/
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