The Big Ubuntu Brainstorm Braindump

One of the facilities that has been hugely popular in the Ubuntu community has been Ubuntu Brainstorm. With Brainstorm you can register ideas and features for the Ubuntu project and others can vote those ideas up or down. There are also tools in Brainstorm to indicate potential solutions or notes around the idea. Brainstorm has become a great way to get an idea of what our users want.

As we build towards the 9.10 release cycle, I figured it would be useful to present a summary of the most popular ideas of all time and the most popular ideas within the last six months: thanks to Jorge for helping me with this. This should offer some great food for thought for the wider community to work on. Here goes…

Most Popular Ever

These ideas are the most popular Brainstorm ideas that exist in the system. They show a pretty strong sense of demand for which features many Ubuntu users are craving.

Fix suspend/hibernate

On 28 Feb 08 – 7053 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/94/
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/jaunty-suspend-resume

Speed up ubuntu/gnome boot time

On 28 Feb 08 – 6208 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/42/
  • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FoundationsTeam/Specs/BootPerformance
  • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Specs/BootPerformance

Easy mounting of images and ISO and CUE

On 28 Feb 08 – 5647 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/194/

Clean up preferences and administration

On 28 Feb 08 – 5620 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/80/

Improved file/folder sharing experience

On 29 Feb 08 – 5142 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/403/
  • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EasyFileSharing

Fix compatability with webcams and microphone

On 28 Feb 08 – 5116 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/97/
  • https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam

Enhanced Mobile Device Sync

On 28 Feb 08 – 4301 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28/
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/ltsp-palm-devices
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/pim-device-sync
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/pocket-pc-support
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/pda-support-out-of-the-box
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/syncintegration

Better wifi support

On 29 Feb 08 – 4273 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/295/

Easy way of backing up/moving your documents and settings

On 28 Feb 08 – 3497 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/1/
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/jaunty-backup

Disk Manager by default

On 29 Feb 08 – 3167 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/323/
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/disk-manager-by-default
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/fstab-gui

Mouse button extension

On 28 Feb 08 – 3121 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/120/
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/gui-mouse-configuration

Better Hardware Profile Manager

On 16 Mar 08 – 2482 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/4848/

Better DVD support

On 29 Feb 08 – 2347 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/372/

Better monitor support and configuration tools

On 29 Feb 08 – 2337 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/322/
  • http://blog.qa.ubuntu.com/node/9

Professional looking boot loader

On 28 Feb 08 – 5859 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/21/
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/plymouth

Restoring the bootloader by Ubuntu installation CD

On 29 Feb 08 – 3740 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/1242/

Include a graphical frontend to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst installed by default

On 28 Feb 08 – 2759 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/141/
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/graphical-grub-config

Some recommended solutions (startupmanager is in universe):

  • Start Up Manager – http://web.telia.com/~u88005282/sum/
  • GRUBConf – http://grubconf.sourceforge.net/
  • GRUBEd – http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t#228104
  • KGRUBEditor – http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content#75442

Provide a simple interface for labeling partitions

On 3 May 08 – 2506 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/8008/

Make ubuntu more responsive (performance)

On 28 Feb 08 – 2316 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/85/

GUI configuration front end for common services

On 28 Feb 08 – 1813 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/68/

Most Popular over the last 6 months

These are the most popular ideas that have been registered in Brainstorm in a recent cycle. Many of these ideas give a great impression of more recent desires around functionality in Ubuntu.

Check my hardware against application blackists BEFORE ‘upgrading’

On 12 Jan 09 – 1653 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17218/

Better life battery for laptop

On 3 Feb 09 – 646 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17825/

Volume control should close when you click somewhere else

On 14 Feb 09 – 829 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/18045/

Redesign ubuntu for 2010

On 21 Jan 09 – 773 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17540/

Allow ALT+Tab when drag and drop

On 4 Jan 09 – 753 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17042/

“Scan wireless networks” option in NetworkManager

On 29 Jan 09 – 750 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17725/
  • http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id#498887

Easy screen-sharing and audio-chat for instant messengers

On 7 Jan 09 – 743 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17102/
  • https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/replace-pidgin-with-empathy
  • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EmpathyVsPidginUsability

There should be a simple GUI to do basic disk maintanence tasks

On 30 Dec 08 – 723 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/16919/
  • http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/DeviceKit

When abbreviating filenames, cut out the middle, keep the beginning and end

On 19 Nov 08 – 720 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/15752/

Guest account needs a change

On 19 Nov 08 – 690 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/15773/

Make System Monitor as powerful as Windows Task Manager

On 24 Sep 08 – 682 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/13626/

“Speed up” Ubuntu by reducing duration of Compiz animations

On 3 Jan 09 – 664 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17009/

Automatic handling of external monitor

On 20 Jan 09 – 647 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17509/

ubuntu main menu icons are too big, they take too much space

On 30 Jan 09 – 594 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/17748/

Native Firefox on Ubuntu is even slower than on Wine

On 21 Jan 09 – 767 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/18058/
  • https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Building_with_Profile-Guided_Optimization

Synaptic/Apt-Get should check for free disk space before download or install

On 15 Sep 08 – 669 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/13235/

Unify sound drivers and the sound api

On 22 Oct 08 – 661 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/14682/

Usplash should use a time-based progressbar

On 18 Nov 08 – 578 Votes

  • http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/15741/

Something in this big ‘ol list strike your fancy? Well, roll your sleeves up and start making plans for the Karmic cycle. Lets see how many of these features and problems we can fix. Start your engines folks… :)

  • http://ethana4.blogspot.com ethana2

    Gotta say the firefox with profile guided optimization is pretty important– after, of course, we don’t have to be scared of like, right clicking. (yay, contextual menu roulette!)

    The entries that say ‘fix this or that’ are indications of a couple different things.– Jono, would you be able to tell us which bugs in launchpad have the most ‘me too’s?

  • Mark

    I think the right thing to do with this list is file specific wishlist bugs upstream where possible and in Debian/Ubuntu where not.

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  • Tom

    WOW, that list is awesome!

    Crowdsourcing really yields great results. These should be release priorities IMNSHO.

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  • Vadim P.

    Firefox people basically said that PGO on Linux does not help as much as on Windows and hence why they don’t do it (except for some javascript libraries).

    I haven’t tested myself, or bothered to, but the implication that msvc > gcc was there and they aren’t at fault.

  • jorge
  • http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/ nicu

    About a week ago I was poking some fun at Brainstorm, hope you don’t mind :p

  • Jef Spaleta

    Are these results?

    Brainstorm has been running for a while now. Has it demonstratively impacted any of the Canonical design goals? Popular ideas are brought up at at least the previous UDS for developer review right? Were any highly popular ideas turned into release priorities? Do the highly popular ideas correlate with current developer roadmaps? Do the highly popular ideas impact the development roadmap for Canonical at all?

    I’m not convinced that there is a positive feedback loop that actually makes use of the popularity metric that Brainstorm measures ideas with.

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  • http://www.happyassassin.net Adam Williamson

    So, hmm. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28/ – filed in February 2008. AFAICT, nothing has actually been done.

    I implemented all of this in approximately a week:

    http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2008.1_Synchronization

    refined for MDV 2009:

    http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2009.0_Synchronization

    lots of talking and voting means little if no-one gets up and does something.

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