Seen any bugs in Debian GNU/Linux lately? Wants to help? It's time for another bug-squashing weekend!
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As you may have noticed , 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 , 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” . Steve also has several useful links
, 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.
hanna m. wallach
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