Ubuntu Artful Desktop Fit and Finish Sprint

Alan Pope

Alan Pope

on 8 August 2017

The Artful development cycle is full speed ahead to the Ubuntu 17.10 release in October. As you may have heard, we’re switching the default desktop from Unity to GNOME Shell in this cycle. With such a significant change, we need all the eyeballs we can get on every part of the desktop experience. As usual we will have our regular testing cycles and automated checks that the QA team runs through.

We are also organising a set of mini-events which we’d love to get our community’s help with. First up is the Desktop Fit & Finish Sprint on August 24th and 25th. Some members of the Ubuntu desktop team will be camped out in the Canonical London office for that Thursday and Friday, and we need your help.

Over the two days we’ll be scrutinising the new GNOME Shell desktop experience, looking for anything jarring/glitchy or out of place. We’ll be working on the GTK, GDM and desktop theme alike, to fix inconsistencies, performance, behavioural or visual issues. We’ll also be looking at the default key bindings, panel colour schemes and anything else we discover along the way.

We’re inviting a small number of community contributors to join us in the London office on Thursday evening to help out with this effort. Ideally we’re looking for people who are experienced in identifying (and fixing) theme issues, CSS experts and GNOME Shell / GTK themers.

If you’re in the area on August 24th from around 4pm to 9pm and would like to help us get GNOME Shell on Ubuntu ready for prime time, then fill in this form to let us know. Space in the London office is limited, and we need to inform the building security team about visitors well in advance of the event happening. The deadline for filling in the form is Friday August 18th 2017.

Unfortunately we don’t have room for everyone. If you fill the form in and subsequently can’t make it, please let either willcooke or popey know so we can free up your space for someone else. We’ll provide pizza and beverages for those people who come along and help out.

If you’re interested in joining in the fit and finish sprint remotely, we’ll be available through the day and evening on irc in #ubuntu-desktop. We’ll also have an Ubuntu On Air hangout during the event.

 

Ubuntu desktop

Learn how the Ubuntu desktop operating system powers millions of PCs and laptops around the world.

Newsletter signup

Select topics you’re interested in

In submitting this form, I confirm that I have read and agree to Canonical’s Privacy Notice and Privacy Policy.

Related posts

PowerShell launches as a snap

PowerShell Core from Microsoft is now available for Linux as a Snap. Built on the .NET Framework, PowerShell is an open source task-based command-line shell and scripting language with the goal of being the ubiquitous language for managing…

Snaps Add Flexibility with Tracks

Snap packages have a rich set of features beyond getting the latest shiny on your Linux distribution. Tracks enable developers to publish multiple supported releases of their application under the same name. With this enabled, a user can…

IoT Security at Scale: Managing end-to-end security

Title: IoT Security at Scale: Managing end-to-end security for Commercial IoT Gateways Speakers: Kevin Tate, CRO, Rigado Date/Time: August 8, 12:00PM EST / 5:00PM BST Rigado, a Canonical partner, provides a secure, scalable gateway…