The (second virtual) Ubuntu Developer Summit is being held this week. Of the many topics being discussed, I’ve come across a few that I find interesting.
Chromium as default browser
Great to see a session on this topic. I spend most of my time computing in a browser, so it’d be nice to see my favourite browser as the default. Although I have no objections to Firefox as the default, I usually download the .deb from Google on each install, mainly due to the chromium-browser package being fairly outdated. It will be interesting to see the outcome for 13.10 and 14.04 LTS.
Growing a strong translation community
I still find translations to be a core concept of the Ubuntu. No matter where you’re from, you should be able to download a copy of Ubuntu, ready in your native language.
Planning for documentation and positioning of the development release
The last cycle entailed a barrage of fireworks and cracking decisions. The standard release support cycle was halved and more effort was to be put to backporting important features and enhancements to the LTS. Although the development release, by nature, doesn’t directly affect end users, it is the test bed for what will become ubuntu+1. The quality of the development releases have been superb and I’d argue that they are much more ready for testing than where we were a few years ago.
Shaping a plan for the future of (the) Ubuntu Documentation Team
There’s a lot of computer users out there that still haven’t even tried Ubuntu. We have a more usable, sleek and fun desktop than what we did many moons ago, but the documentation of the Ubuntu Desktop is certainly an area that needs attention. We can’t just assume people know how to use the Dash, Scopes and find help. People come and go from the team and it’s time to reshape and recruit more Ubuntu Doc folks.
Desktop Unity Polish for 13.10
In most of the releases since Unity has been released (11.04!), there have been radical changes and controversial moves to the Ubuntu Desktop. It’s nice to see everything calming down and focus shifting to the little details. Probably not a thrilling session for the non-developers, but it would be nice to see what is coming up in Unity+1.