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  • Rick Spencer (rickspencer3) - chair
  • Alexander Sack (asac)
  • Arne Goetje (ArneGoetje)

  • Bryce Harrington (bryce)
  • Chris Cheney (calc)
  • Jonathan Riddell (Riddell)
  • Ken VanDine (kenvandine)

  • Sebastien Bacher (seb128)
  • Till Kamppeter (tkamppeter)


  • Robert Ancell (robert_ancell) - out of tz
  • Martin Pitt (pitti) - birthday party


  • Outstanding actions from last meeting
  • -intel
  • Gwibber
  • Translations
  • UDS Topics
  • Release Bugs/Release Status
  • Review activity reports
  • Any other business

Outstanding actions from last meeting

  • ACTION: rickspencer3 to send email to kick of meeting time discussion
    • done, discussion underway
  • ACTION: rickspencer3 to get list of critical bugs from bryce, follow up with release team to get correct bugs tracked.
    • done, release team tracking -intel issues for SRUs

Actions from this meeting

  • ACTION: Everyone to put their UDS topics on the wiki
  • ACTION: ArneGoetje to follow up with Riddell to ensure that 355814 is fixed

  • ACTION: seb128 to investigate 338982


Current Status

Bryce reports two fundamental issues:

  1. Unpredictable freezes on i965 chips. He believes the freezes were introduced by the 7.3 to 7.4 Mesa upgrade. Unfortunately there are no repro steps for the freezes, so hard to verify that reverting to 7.3 would fix the problem. Bryce is exploring reverting to 7.3 in an SRU if the specific cause can not be determined and fixed.
  2. Poor performance on most intel hardware. Many people report that Jaunty is significantly slower. Many users find using uxa solves the perf issues, but introduces stability issues. Users also find the enabling the "greedy" MigrationHeuristic improves perf significantly. However, a path to turn on greedy by default re-introduces a segfault. Users who simply add the greedy option to their xorg.conf do not seem to run into this issue. Steps for enabling greedy can be seen here: https://launchpad.net/bugs/359600.

bryce continues to work on these issues, and the desktop team is planning SRUs for fixes when they are discovered. rickspencer3 is also re-engaging with Intel to see if they can provide more guidance on solving these issues asap.


Gwibber is a universe project that kenvandine has been working on to get ready to use indicator-applet in Jaunty. Potential SRU if the changes are unobtrusive.


Final full export from Rosetta for the language-packs is currently running, expected to complete tomorrow.

Jono joined to introduce David Planella (dpm), new to the community team. His role includes:

  • to help grow and extend our extensive translations community
  • to work with translations teams to help build best practice around great translations
  • to work with upstreams to ensure we can participate as effectively as possible with translations
  • to provide a resource inside Canonical to report to other teams the status of translations

UDS Topics

Everyone agreed to put their UDS topics on the wiki, and we will discuss in next week's team meeting. ACTION: Everyone to put their UDS topics on the wiki

Release Bugs/Release Status

Currently targeted bugs ...



Assigned To







Date Confirmed


[i965] X freezes starting on April 3rd




xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu Jaunty)



2009-04-12 01:30:58.691446+00:00


[Kubuntu 9.04] Many items are in English while language is set to Spanish




language-pack-kde-es (Ubuntu Jaunty)



2009-04-06 19:19:39.541759+00:00


[i945GM] X freezes typing quickly in Kmail when desktop effects are enabled




xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu Jaunty)


2009-04-02 20:01:42.108969+00:00


[i945] X crashes in fbBlt() when using Sun Java Plugin 6 + firefox3.0 on Asus EEEPC 1000


In Progress


xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu Jaunty)


2009-04-03 15:14:04.879183+00:00


evolution crashed with SIGSEGV during MAPI authentication




evolution-mapi (Ubuntu Jaunty)



2009-03-26 11:30:23.725832+00:00


gvfs fuse does not wait on uploads - Cannot save file to FTP server (from Save dialog)




gvfs (Ubuntu Jaunty)



2009-03-29 04:53:42.032854+00:00

  • X bugs discussed in -intel section above.
  • bug 355814 - ArneGoetje believes to be fixed.

    • ACTION: ArneGoetje to follow up with Riddell to ensure that 355814 is fixed

  • bug 338982 is in universe, and is not a regression, so probably shouldn't be targeted.
    • ACTION: seb128 to investigate 338982

Activity reports

Alexander Sack (asac)

  • Pre-Freeze work
    • fix thunderbird font DPI issue (LP: #345189)
    • fix thunderbird breaks panel launchers on upgrade (LP: #145716)
    • fix gnome-settings-daemon to workaround lcdfiltering issues with new cairo in openoffice (LP: #271283)
    • fix regression in network-manager not recognizing PCI nozomi 3G modems through udev rules (LP: #351803)
      • bump network-manager and VPN plugin packages to latest upstream (almost final).
    • improve nspluginwrapper postinst script to properly recreate all registered wrappers; properly fix
      • flashplugin-installer to register its wrapper dirs with nspluginwrapper.
    • rename flashplugin-nonfree main binary package to flashplugin-installer
  • Misc
    • review gwibber 1.0 release bits and found them too intrusive to get into jaunty still
    • start on mozilla security backports for upcoming security release
    • bug triage for firefox and network-manager(-applet)
  • sponsoring: sunbird-lightning, nspluginwrapper, flashblock, indicate-python review/sponsoring

Arne Goetje (ArneGoetje)

  • Rosetta import queue cleaning
  • Font development: trying bits and pieces in fontforge to improve font rendering for Asian scriptsin small font sizes.
  • revised the list of translation templates for KDE packages in Rosetta
  • built new language-packs (including -base packages)

Bryce Harrington (bryce)


  • Sponsored: screen-resolution-extra(version 0.8; fix FTBS). No other
  • Updated Jaunty Release Notes


  • Mega-triage Incomplete w/ Response bugs
  • Xorg bug resolution w/ Intel
  • Xorg Freeze bug (recent regression on i965)
    • - Reviewed all reported EXA freezes for -intel

      - Wrote https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troubleshooting/Freeze - Compiled https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Bugs/IntelDriver - Identified change as regression between Mar 30 to Apr 7th - Analyzed changes to relevant packages between these dates.

      • mesa 7.3 -> 7.4 seems the most likely culprit

      - Performed testing to verify downgrading mesa resolves issue
      • (not 100% sure... still got one freeze, but only after >24hrs)

  • Confcall with AMD
  • Xorg Performance bug (jaunty regression)
    • - Analyzed greedy option, rolled package with old greedy patch - Analyzed segfault produced by above; not sure of cause yet

Chris Cheney (calc)

  • Uploaded openoffice.org 1:3.0.1-9ubuntu2 to jaunty
  • Uploaded openoffice.org 1:3.0.1-9ubuntu3 to jaunty
  • Uploaded openoffice.org-l10n 1:3.0.1-9ubuntu2 to jaunty
  • Uploaded ayaspell-dic 0.0.0+20080110-1ubuntu1 to jaunty
  • Uploaded ifrench-gut 1:1.0-24ubuntu1 to jaunty
  • Uploaded myspell-sv 1.3.8-6-2ubuntu1 to jaunty
  • Uploaded openoffice.org-dictionaries 1:3.0.1~rc1-8ubuntu1 to jaunty
  • Uploaded openoffice.org-thumbnailer to REVU
  • Had espa-nol 1.10-6 synced to jaunty
  • Had ipolish 20090225-1 synced to jaunty
  • Had ispell-uk 1.5.7-2 synced to jaunty
  • OOo 3.1.0 rc2 will be released later this week
  • gvfs fuse patch from upstream for bgo574968 did not work
  • Weekly desktop team meeting
  • Lots of OOo bug triage

Jonathan Riddell (Riddell)

  • Fix up .desktop file translations from gettext after sudden change in pkgmangler
  • Get system-config-printer-kde in a state ready for release
  • Wee bit of archive admin
  • Checking and uploading fixes done by the lovely Kubuntu community

Ken VanDine (kenvandine)

  • Assisted the DX team with bugs and packaging needs in preparation for the RC freeze
  • Packaging work fro OLS
  • python-indicate is finally done, required more last minute changes with libindicate 0.1.5
  • Fixed opal and ptlib, which were holding ekiga back in upgrades
  • Fixed pidgin, so it raises the buddy list window when launched subsequent times

  • Backporting MI patches for gwibber to 0.8
  • Backporting essential bug fixes for gwibber to 0.8
  • Investigating compiz regressions

Martin Pitt (pitti)

  • Spent last week in San Francisco at the

Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit.

  • Trip report posted to Canonical ML, my own

workgroups's notes are in the LF wiki.

  • Monday, 2009-04-13 was a public holiday in Germany (Easter), thus not much

Ubuntu related work to report. I did some RC bug fixes and worked on apport's trunk (work for Karmic).

Sebastien Bacher (seb128)

(theorically a short week since friday and monday were holidays)

  • triaged some hundred desktop bugs
  • rolled out gnome-keyring change which leaded to crashes
  • resynced pygobject on debian to fix debug variants not working


  • resynced pygtk on debian to fix debug variants not working correctly
  • backported svn change to fix rhythmbox magnatune catalog download
  • backport gnome-session svn changes for session storing
  • updated gedit to not using untrusted python path on loading
  • backported f-sport svn changes to fix some milestoned bugs
  • updated yelp translations
  • backported another gnome-keyring svn crash fix
  • updated gnome-control-center with a patch for small screens
  • backport gtk changes to fix focus issue
  • updated evolution-data-server to a svn snapshot to give the current

changes some testing before GNOME 2.26.1

  • updated evolution to a svn snapshot to give the current changes some

testing before GNOME 2.26.1

  • those backports turned to be a good idea, triaged lot of crashers due

to a bug during the next days and fixed the issue in jaunty

  • backported a libxml change from svn to fix pidgin crashing when

connecting to jabber

  • backported another pidgin common crasher fix
  • turned that was not enough it was still crashing on some cases, got

an another fix from upstream and uploaded a fixed pidgin later

  • did a fast-user-switch-applet upload to undo a string freeze breakage
  • updated totem replaces version to fix an conflict
  • updated gtk+ with an another gtk focus issue fix
  • backported an evolution calendar fix from svn
  • GNOME 2.26.1 updates: glib gnome-keyring gtksourceview gtk

epiphany-browser gnome-python gvfs nautilus

  • sponsoring: totem indicator-applet indicator-messages bluez-gnome

gtk2-engines-murrine gnome-user-share pidgin pidgin-libnotify gnome-power-manager notify-osd evolution-indicator gnome-session totem seahorse gucharmap xchat-gnome vino vinagre eog

Till Kamppeter (tkamppeter)


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