Better Community With Better Technology (In Practice)

Back in June I wrote a blog entry called Better Community With Better Technology which discussed some ideas about how we can better integrate our Ubuntu community work into the desktop. Today much of the interaction we have with the Ubuntu community is through a web browser and I feel like we have some wonderful desktop technologies that could improve how we conduct this work.

My major reason for blogging it was to share the idea — I knew I didn’t have the time to implement it myself, but I figured someone may be motivated by the notion and want to create a project that implements the idea.

Well, total-legend, Oier Mees did, and I wanted to share Oier’s work here.

Oier was specifically interested in the bugs idea highlighted in the post that looked like this:

THe post outlined the goal of this feature:

You are a new developer and you are interested in contributing to a given project (e.g. Unity). You always want to know which bitesize bugs are going to be great places to start. You install indicator-bitesize and you can set which projects you are interested in and it will show the highest priority bitesize bugs for that project. Clicking on each item takes you to the Launchpad bug report with the details.

This indicator would regularly poll Launchpad to update the list when items are tended to and new items appear. The indicator would change color to indicate that there is new content.

Well, Oier got to work and created such an indicator:

The indicator looks like the one above when there are no bugs. Next you can configure the indicator for different projects:

When you have added the projects you are interested in, the indicator will light up to indicate that there are bugs available:

Clicking on the indicator now shows the available bugs to review:

The indicator will then poll regularly and update when there are new bugs available. You are only then a click away from getting to the bug, triaging, leaving comments, or fixing it.

What is awesome is that Oier has written some code, added it to Launchpad, created a PPA and even had the indicator translated into 11 languages! Oier is looking for volunteers to help contribute to the indicator, so be sure to click the following links and get involved:

I am sure Oier will be reading the comments from this post, so feel free to ask questions there. Great work Oier!

  • http://twitter.com/andreagrandi Andrea Grandi

    Hi Jono! What are you using to draw the UI concepts? Is it hand-made or are you using a particular software? Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Balsamiq. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/rbnswartz Reuben Swartz

    Wonderful app and idea. Going to be installing this soon.

  • http://www.benjaminkerensa.com Benjamin Kerensa

    Added this to my gnome panel :)

  • Anonymous

    Merge request sent.

  • http://twitter.com/andreagrandi Andrea Grandi

    Thanks! I’ve contacted them to see if I can get a free license ( http://support.balsamiq.com/customer/portal/articles/105924 ) to prepare my mockups for Unity. Let’s cross fingers :)

  • http://www.3v1n0.net Marco Trevisan (Treviño)

    Cool, thanks. I do hate to make launchpad spam my mailbox, this is a better solution! :P

    However, maybe it would be cool to support multiple lists so you could change the preferences to add more than one project, and divide each configured project in a different list in the indicator. So you could generate a menu like:

     – Unity Bitesize confirmed     #xyzabcd Bug, bug, bug 1!     #xyzabce Bug, bug, bug 2!

        ….

     – Unity All bugs    #xyzabcd Bug, bug, bug 1!    #xyzabcf Bug, bug, bug 3!

       ….

     – Any Other FooProject    #xyzabcg Bar bug, bug, bug 1!    #xyzabch Bar bug, bug, bug 2! ……

    PS: I regret I missed the original post, I would have loved to help in the development ;)

  • http://www.3v1n0.net Marco Trevisan (Treviño)

    Cool, thanks. I do hate to make launchpad spam my mailbox, this is a better solution! :P

    However, maybe it would be cool to support multiple lists so you could change the preferences to add more than one project, and divide each configured project in a different list in the indicator. So you could generate a menu like:

     – Unity Bitesize confirmed     #xyzabcd Bug, bug, bug 1!     #xyzabce Bug, bug, bug 2!

        ….

     – Unity All bugs    #xyzabcd Bug, bug, bug 1!    #xyzabcf Bug, bug, bug 3!

       ….

     – Any Other FooProject    #xyzabcg Bar bug, bug, bug 1!    #xyzabch Bar bug, bug, bug 2! ……

    PS: I regret I missed the original post, I would have loved to help in the development ;)

  • http://www.3v1n0.net Marco Trevisan (Treviño)

    Also try http://www.foreui.com it doesn’t seem good as balsamiq is, but at least they seem to have a slightly more open policy about giving out licenses…

  • http://www.ringcentral.com/business-telephone-service/index.html Business telephone

    Thank you for this nice app. Got this myself and it helped me in my mailbox management in my smart phone!