AbiWord Weekly News #47, (2001, week 23, released 2001.06.10)
Welcome to issue 47 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
It's been a slow week again (by AbiWord standards anyway) due to finals/exams. Martin has however been very active and has fixed more rendering problems and made some major improvements to the performance of AbiWord. This will make the next release of AbiWord the best ever for sure!
Bug counts are still pretty much unchanged - rumor has it development will pick up again over the next couple of weeks, so it's important the bug database properly reflects current state of AbiWord, thus allowing developers to look at genuine code problems instead of spending time on reproducing bugs that have already been fixed. Users, please help us out by doing some triaging so we'll get a really good release next time!
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
Patch of the week goes to Martin for his screen dirt and performance improvements. Very nice, Martin!
POW (Project Of the Week) and the new uPOW (User Project Of the Week) is an attempt at attracting new developers and entice help from users by lowering the bar of entry to doing something constructive for AbiWord. A POW will describe a goal and often outline how to get there.
Presently we have a few unclaimed POWs. Please see the POW status page for more details.
Here's the AbiWord bug update for the last week. If you can spare some time, please help us triage the bugs - you don't need to be able to program to do this.
These are the bug counts for the past 4 weeks:
Date: Submitted: QA: Open: ---------------------------------------------------- 2001.05.18 50 ( +4%) 58 ( +13%) 306 ( +3%) 2001.05.25 55 ( +10%) 89 ( +53%) 287 ( -6%) 2001.06.01 57 ( +3%) 91 ( +2%) 287 ( +0%) 2001.06.08 61 ( +7%) 101 ( +10%) 308 ( +7%)
As a user of AbiWord, you are able to vote on bugs you'd like to see closed. The process is quite simple:
You have 30 voting points you can cast in whatever proportions you'd like on anything between 1 and 30 bugs. But note that developers will likely prioritize a bug with 30 single votes than a bug with a single 30-unit vote. So vote with lower unit counts (5 or so) to make your voice heard!
From the sorted list of votes, we found the current Top 10 Bugs to be:
We have just started nominating bugs for the next two big releases. You, developer and user, can have your say on which bugs to nominate by casting your vote on bugs as described above. The current milestone distribution is as follows:
In the past week, the following 2 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed and verified fixed):1294 and 1458
Traffic on the developer mailing list has remained low this week, but it appears the US university students are about done with their finals, so we can expect traffic to pick up next week or the week after :)
This week, interesting topics included:
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