This page keeps track of the current release status of the Desktop Team.

What was done engineering wise?

  • new libusb-based USB CUPS backend
  • Improved Plug'n'Print UDEV facility of system-config-printer
  • First printer driver packages using new libjbig are available now: foo2zjs, splix, c2esp
  • Got some quickly/python-distutils-extra fixes and support for the arb team during the app developer week
  • Work in progress on new gnome-settings-daemon and gnome-control-center
  • Continued work on the UI design for Additional Drivers in software-properties
  • Fixed chromium-browser (18.x) FTBFS in quantal
  • Worked on updating chromium-browser to latest in the stable channel, 20.x
  • Libreoffice 3.6 is getting ready for upload in quantal
  • Get a branch ready for merging into Unity, so that Unity uses libatk-bridge.
  • First round of indicators updates in quantal, including new session indicator
  • First round of unity 6 serie updates in quantal, not so many user visible changes but lot of bug fixing and foundation work
  • Working prototype of system compositor + intel driver
  • Experimental lightdm,system compositor work ready to test, see

What's about to land that might impact the other teams?

  • compiz on gsettings

Summary of bugs working on by team (reasonably reliable)

  • No specific list yet for quantal

Dependencies on other teams to make deliverables, blocking items, release wide concerns?

  • None


Burndown and spec completion levels:

Release targetted bugs being worked on/monitored

under investigation:

triaged/in progress:

  • 932598 [Full hard drive causes xorg and lightdm to fail to load]: Fixed mountall to create tmpfs /tmp on foll disk, as earlier Ubuntu releases used to do. lightdm still needs a fix.

  • 870297 [lightdm logins not being logged in wtmp]: there is a merge request which went through a first review round

Fix committed, but not uploaded yet:

  • 872701 [Keyboard layout doesn't change in screensaver lock dialog]: there is a fix upstream, should be included in the next gtk upload

Fixed since last report:

Cumulative Desktop Release Notes

Archive of previous weekly summaries


  • Wrote some integration tests for different desktop components
  • Improved libusb-based USB CUPS backend a lot
  • A Software Updater redesign landed and the release upgrader was moved to its own package
  • Desktop SRUs for precise
  • Accessibility work unity and unity-panel-service
  • Unity 6.0 and Nux 3.0 release preparation (with the lenses transition).
  • New firefox,thunderbird beta version
  • Work on libreoffice 3.6 beta continued
  • Compiz on gsettings is getting ready
  • Uploaded x1.12 into ubuntu-x-swat/q-lts-backport
  • Working with debian on making libdrm_nouveau new and old abi parallel installable using f17's patch
  • Working upstream on dma-buf synchronisation problem
  • lightdm,system compositor work is ongoing
  • some GNOME updates
  • software-properties port to python3 got uploaded


Done: * libreoffice 3.6.0 beta2 pre-released in a ppa for precise and quantal

  • work on "ubuntu drivers" (jockey replacement) continued, including port to python3 (waiting for review)
  • gtk got updated, included new a11y libraries and accessibility on by default
  • xserver 1.12 got uploaded
  • compiz "one tree version" (i.e all the components merged in one source) got upload
  • work is on progress on orca-python3
  • GNOME 3.5 updates
  • update-manager work continued, included reviews and some of changes landing to trunk (should make their way to distro soon)
  • new firefox beta version in quantal including some fixes to our customization changes



  • Didier has been sprinting in London with the #ps unity packagers to get them up to speed
  • The new unity SRU round has been prepared and should be uploaded soon
  • The decision has been taken to build unity with gcc-4.6 until the stl abi issues are resolved
  • work on update-manager refresh continued
  • duplicity got updated
  • GTK 3.5 and GNOME updated landed in quantal
  • Desktop updates
  • Bugs fixing and SRUs
  • Improvement to our tracking tools (versions)



  • Ongoing work on hybrid graphics support
  • 1.12 is now available in ubuntu-x-swat/x-stagin
  • Continued on SRUs for precise
  • Updated GNOME a11y stack to latest unstable release
  • Uploaded PulseAudio 2.0 to quantal

  • The next SRU round for the unity stack is being prepared
  • Libreoffice 3.5.4 SRU has been uploaded and is waiting for SRU team review
  • The work on the system compositor advanced enough to start the lightdm work
  • The work for the ui redesign of the third party drivers started



  • firefox and thunderbird 13 have been updated for all supported ubuntu series, work started for the next versions in quantal
  • Libreoffice 3.6.0-beta1 is getting ready for quantal (in a ppa for the moment)
  • Update Manager got a slightly new look, more to come in the future
  • GNOME 3.5 updates in quantal
  • The team continued on merges and python3 porting
  • The system compositor work is seeing some good progresses
  • Unity build issues on quantal are being investigate (the build issue have fixes available but unity,nux segfaults when building with the new gcc, that's being investigated)
  • Some SRUs for precise



  • Specs writing is done
  • Continued on SRUs for precise
  • Good progresses on the third party drivers installation spec
  • New firefox (13) and thunderbird are ready for the coming release
  • Got firefox to build with the quantal toolchain
  • Libreoffice 3.5.4 SRU is ready for upload
  • Work on xorg for lts point release updates continued
  • compiz got refactored to be only one source rather than five, the packaging got updated and the new version is finally building



  • Catchup after UDS
  • Specs writing
  • Started quantal work, merges, some updates
  • Some SRUs for precise


DesktopTeam/ReleaseStatus (last edited 2012-07-12 20:12:57 by seb128)