What is the Bug Squad?
The Bug Squad is an essential asset in progressing Ubuntu and its derivatives; The Bug Squad is the first point of contact for the bugs filed about Ubuntu. They assign bugs to packages, ensure that bug reports are complete, find duplicate bug reports, recreate bugs, and forward bugs to their upstream authors. All of these activities help the bug get fixed and subsequently make Ubuntu even better.
What the Bug Squad does is also known as Triaging, much like the process of prioritizing patients based on the severity of their condition, assists developers spend their time most effectively, and is a great way to learn about how Ubuntu as an operating system and as a community work. It's not uncommon to discover new interesting features you didn't know about!
Another big part of what we do is assist new members triage bugs; On average, over 1,800 bugs are filed every week with more than 200,000 bugs filed so far. The Bug Squad always is in NEED of more help from the community!
Who makes up the Bug Squad?
Anyone interested in triaging bugs can join the Bug Squad. The members are primarily volunteers from around the world and the come together with a common cause of making Ubuntu better for eveyone. No special knowledge or training is required, just a desire to help. Currently there are about 1100 registered members.
Where is the BugSquad?
Being an international group, we can be found in #ubuntu-bugs on the Freenode IRC server which usually has over a hundred people milling around so drop in and say hi or ask questions, it's a friendly atmosphere. We joined because we want to help so don't be shy!
firstname.lastname@example.org is a second way to reach the group, not everyone enjoys the IRC experience. Announcements are announced over the mailing list as well for events such as HugDay. The list is, generally speaking, a low volume list so don't be fear the inbox.
The Launchpad group page has a list of members https://launchpad.net/~bugsquad
Want to Join?
When joining the Bug Squad please keep up to date with bug management policies. Changes are always announced on the mailing list.
The only skills necessary to join the Bug Squad are curiousity and a desire to help: No need to know anythig about programming. Everything you need to know is on the wiki or can be asked in IRC or on the mailing list.
Join the Launchpad group to make yourself an official member.
Bug Squad members can always be contacted via IRC on the channel #ubuntu-bugs on irc.freenode.org for help or collaboration.
Now that you're an official member of the Bug Squad, get started triaging bugs !
- 2008-08-07 Global Bug Jam begins!
- 2008-04-24 Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, Hardy Heron is released
Learn more at http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes/804
- 2008-03-05 ubotu is no longer announcing new bug reports in #ubuntu-bugs - it is being done in #ubuntu-bugs-announce now
2007-12-04 The kernel package for the Hardy kernel is now just linux and the bugs are available in Launchpad at linux bugs
2007-11-29 Additional debugging procedures listed at debugging central - check them out!
- 2007-10-18 Ubuntu 7.10, Gutsy Gibbon, is released
Learn more at http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes/710tour
The release notes detail some issues people may experience