There's always a lot of work to do in Ubuntu's Universe and Multiverse.
Here a quick list of suggestions, where you can help out:
Packaging New Software
Check out MOTU/TODO/NewSoftware.
Patch Testing and Review
Check out http://harvest.ubuntu.com/opportunities/ and:
- Make sure the bug is still relevant.
- Assign it to you.
Transform the patch into a debdiff if necessary.
- Make sure it builds and fixes the bug.
Add it to the sponsoring queue or upload it yourself.
Help to fix packages that are not installable. A list can be found on debcheck updated 6-hourly.
Some of them are main packages, please sort them out. If you want to take care of them... even better.
Best to use a clean pbuilder environment if possible. See: PbuilderHowto.
apt-get source <package> and debuild or dpkg-buildpackage`
- Many of the packages just need a fresh rebuild.
Other Packaging tasks
Incorporate Debian RC fixes: http://qa.ubuntuwire.com/bugs/rcbugs/
Address FTBFS issues: http://qa.ubuntuwire.com/ftbfs
Review outstanding lintian issues: http://lintian.ubuntuwire.org/
Lists of packages needing updates due to depends on obsolete package names (e.g., library transitions): http://people.ubuntu.com/~ubuntu-archive/NBS/
Check out other QA activities: http://qa.ubuntuwire.com/
- Look for potential security fixes:
- Code Needed:
Help develop GUI tool for monitor/resolution configuration: https://launchpad.net/~displayconfig-gtk
Help develop failsafe X mode: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/bullet-proof-x
Port software to use Ubuntu information, rather than Debian: MOTU/PackagesToPort
Universe / Multiverse Bugs
Check out MOTU/TODO/Bugs.