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Looking forward to UDS for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty)

For some time now, we’ve been gearing up to begin development on Ubuntu 11.04. While some folks have been putting the finishing touches on the 10.10 release, and bootstrapping the infrastructure for 11.04, others have been meeting with Canonical stakeholders, coordinating community brainstorm sessions, and otherwise collecting information about what our priorities should be in the next cycle.

We’re using what we’ve learned to plan the Ubuntu Developer Summit next week in Orlando, where we’ll refine these ideas into a plan for the cycle. We’re organizing UDS a little bit differently this time, with the main program divided into the following tracks to reflect the key considerations for Ubuntu today:

  • Application Developers – Making it faster, easier, and more enjoyable to develop and distribute new applications on (and for) Ubuntu
  • Cloud – Delivering the best experience of cloud computing, whether hosting in a public cloud or building your own private cloud
  • Hardware Compatibility – Measuring and improving compatibility with a wide range of laptops, netbooks, servers and desktops
  • Multimedia – Formulating the best software stacks for graphics, audio and video in Ubuntu
  • Package Selection and System Defaults – Choosing the right components to keep Ubuntu lean, flexible and ready-to-run, while ensuring that the pieces fit and work together cleanly
  • Performance – Squeezing the best performance out of today’s free software stack, from the Linux kernel and GNU toolchain through user interfaces
  • Ubuntu the Project – Continuously improving the way we work together to produce Ubuntu, both within the project and with our upstream and downstream partners

You can click on the links above for a preview of the schedule for the week, with links to more detailed blueprints which will develop during and following UDS. If you’ll be joining us in person, then I’ll see you there! If not, be sure to review Laura’s guide on how to participate remotely.


Written by Matt Zimmerman

October 21, 2010 at 12:29

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  1. I don’t care about your Ubuntu/Canonical life on planet Debian!


    October 21, 2010 at 17:19

    • That’s fine, though some other people are likely to be interested, particularly the Debian developers who are attending UDS next week. :-)

      Matt Zimmerman

      October 21, 2010 at 17:36

    • Such posts are explicitly on topic on Planet Debian as long as Matt is a Debian contributor:


      Unfortunately Matt is no longer a Debian Member and does not maintain any packages in Debian:


      Not sure if he contributes in other ways but I can’t find any evidence of direct contributions to Debian.

      Matt, maybe you would like to re-join Debian and start contributing again? If not, maybe you should have your feed removed from Planet Debian or restrict it to Debian related stuff.


      October 22, 2010 at 01:57

      • Now that the General Resolution is passed to recognize non-packaging contributions, yes, I would love to re-join Debian. :-)

        Matt Zimmerman

        October 22, 2010 at 10:31

        • Hmm, Mark Shuttleworth did not vote in this GR, despite being a (MIA) Debian Member.


          It would be great if you could convince him to use his Debian membership for something other than being MIA.

          someone else

          October 24, 2010 at 05:02

          • Of course, I can’t be responsible for what Mark chooses to do (or not do) as a volunteer in Debian.

            For myself, when I stopped maintaining packages, I switched to emeritus status, and now that the GR is passed, I would like to re-activate using this new program. I may do some packaging work in the future as well, but for now, I’m focused mainly on coordinating work and relationships between Debian and Ubuntu.

            Matt Zimmerman

            October 25, 2010 at 16:16

    • I suggest you have a look at the content rules for Planet Debian, which are documented at http://wiki.debian.org/PlanetDebian , section “What Can I Post On Planet”.

      Stefano Zacchiroli

      October 22, 2010 at 08:24

    • As an avid reader of Planet Debian, (and admittingly an Ubuntu contributor) I think many of the Planet Debian readers are interested in Ubuntu and major events about it, it’s one of the most important Debian derivatives out there, which would surely make it at least somewhat relevant to Debian directly?

      Jonathan Carter

      October 22, 2010 at 17:19

  2. Shane posted some thoughts here (http://shanefagan.com/choices-from-here/), hope you discuss them there


    October 21, 2010 at 18:12

  3. “develop and distribute new applications on (and for) Ubuntu”: this sentence gives the unpleasant feeling that Ubuntu is out to split the Linux platform. Especially when you also push Qt, which has always seen itself as a separate platform.


    October 25, 2010 at 15:39

    • That certainly isn’t the message I wanted to convey. I can’t speak for Qt, but I haven’t gotten the impression that they want that either. Qt is one way to build applications for Linux, and one which offers a lot of benefits. It isn’t the only way, but it’s a good way for many applications.

      Matt Zimmerman

      October 25, 2010 at 15:48

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