Sprints/October 08


October 2008 Sprint planning


Ongoing tasks carried here from the previous sprint + New tasks committed by their owners in the sprint meeting. They come from the tasks in the Backlog and the Proposals.

Completed Good progress Just standing Some help needed! Really stuck/delayed
Committed Task Owner  % Highlights
2008-06-10 Better extras categories and debtags Niels DONE See Ryan's post and my proposal
2008-08-12 Push Better organization of components to 70% Andre 70% Draft now available at, still a few open questions left to solve/find out
2008-09-02 Task:Fast Server Tero 30% Half-way there, we still need to upgrade to Ragnaroek
2008-09-02 Task:Maemo_contributions to open source projects Quim DONE List of relevant projects completed. Enough detail for now. More upon request.
2008-09-02 Explanation of the reasons why the "Top 10" closed source packages are closed Quim DONE Main reasons and most requested packages/areas answered.
2008-09-02 ITt karma counting Henri DONE Karma plugins done and in action, see example
2008-09-02 ITT app catalog feeds Henri 0%
2008-09-02 Complete and agreed proposal to improve Dave DONE The proposal looks OK to me. After 10 days, no feedback received, considering this task DONE.
2008-09-30 New homepage specs agreed Dave DONE Consensus reached around a proposal by Tim Samoff
2008-09-30 Who and how works on the design Dave 50% Process proposed, waiting for feedback and confirmation of roles. Dave Neary, Tim Samoff and Jaffa will work with INdT's designers to get a final design, before working on getting it implemented in Midgard.
2008-09-30 Propose a new structure for Dave 30% Proposal exists, I would like to wireframe some mock-ups. Layout will depend on the final layout of the front page, most likely. Waiting for INdT relationship & contacts to be clarified.
2008-09-30 Agreed plan for Task:Improving Tim DONE Complete barring feedback from Nokia.
2008-09-30 Task:Kill the old wiki Ryan DONE Niels killed the wiki and put the redirects in place.
2008-09-30 Task:Reducing number of external repositories Niels 40% Contacted most owners. Had a lot of positive responses, but need to gently push most of them again..
2008-09-30 Define and publish first Feature Jar for the community and Nokia product managers Andre 80% See this email - second iteration based on Quim's feedback planned for first week of November
2008-09-30 Task:Open Source Proof Points Quim 5% Started preliminary discussion.

Bugs in product Website

The bugs assigned in the last sprint meeting are marked as HIGH. The bugs proposed for the next sprint are marked as MEDIUM. Only product/component maintainers can change this status. Comment on a bug if you want to push it up. Check also those marked as EASYFIX.

What follows are the bugs that need special attention/progress.

For the record:

IDPStatusSeverityVersionProductSummary (14 tasks) WebsiteComments on should automatically contain version number[1] WebsiteVisualize rating creation date and related software version[2] WebsiteKarma should take ITT forum posts and threads started into account WebsiteDeveloper documentation portal needs revision[3] WebsiteBad formatting of Jobs page[4] Website4.2008.36-5 SDK is listed under 4.1.1[5] WebsiteWiki pages sometimes fail to load with "lost network connection"[6] WebsiteReorganizing components in Bugzilla[7] WebsiteKarma not counted in ITt feed WebsiteKarma should count ITT 'Thanks!" 
1805MediumRESOLVEDnormal4.1.xDeveloper GuideMaking a package for the Application Manager in maemo 3.x does not list what apps should go to what section[8] search does not find anything with short search terms WebsiteLinks to user and user's talk pages are redlinks, regardless of whether the pages link to actually exist[9] WebsiteUser login page for the wiki needs to mention that login information is from Garage and provide a link to the Garage registration page[10]
Warnings were generated during the execution of function
  1. Parameter columns=id, priority, severity, modified, product, status, summary, to is invalid using regex /^[\w,_+-~]*$/

Activity log

Latest activity report goes on top.

Tuesday 2008-11-04
  • Niels
    • Past days: Did a lot of maintenance. Worked on Packaging Policy change proposal and found out how to submit change requests. Deployed and tested new karma plugins for itT karma. Discussed server issues and plans with Tero.
    • Today: Publish Task:Packaging_policy_proposed_changes and try to finalize the first part of Task:Package categories. Setup redirects for Ryan's Task:Kill the old wiki. Attend the sprint meeting + publish logs.
Friday 2008-10-31
  • Niels
    • Past 2 days: Karma recount debugging, http auth testing for, installed new karma packages, performance testing on internal machine. Find out about Packaging Policy change request. Clean up downloads a bit. Investigated static file serving. Fixed database backup issue.
    • Today: Discuss server issues with tekojo. Write Packaging Policy change request proposal wiki page. Blog about progress with Task:Package categories. Do a last round of performance improvement tests on internal machine.
  • Quim
    • Past days: Application Manager open development setup. Small progress on Why_the_closed_packages - bme & mce. Ping for November sprint meeting. Helped that guy blaming Nokia Care. Feedback on Feature Jar. Spinned off PIM discussion in ITt. Forwarded request for Calling All Innovators banner in frontpage. Feedback on development and 3D acceleration for N8*0 devices in maemo-users and ITt.
    • Today: Creating event for next sprint meeting. Blog about all the open items. Still aiming to close Why_the_closed_packages and Task:Maemo_contributions this sprint.
    • Problems: Too many items at the same time. Willing to be responsive to all open issues makes me work a lot less fixing actually stuff. /me should stick more to committed tasks - conclude them and then take new ones.
  • Bergie
    • Yesterday: Tweaked karma recounts with Niels, some work on favouriting over the new authentication system, RSS importer debugging because of FeedBurner timeouts
    • Today: Discussing Ragnaroek upgrade schedule
Wednesday 2008-10-29
  • Niels:
    • Yesterday: Worked on section checking in Extras Assistant. Did some cleanup in downloads. Performance work on internal server, everything looks good for implementing on
    • Today: Work on/test authenticated sessions on http for together with rambo. Look into separate vhost for static files. Push Task:Package categories some more.
  • Bergie
    • Yesterday: Implemented needed Documentation HTML importer features, optimized Downloads component
    • Today: Changing karma calculation scheduling, implementing ITT karma importers
Tuesday 2008-10-28
  • Dave
    • Today: Visited offices this morning. Processing email, following up on home page refresh & working on mocking up the Development page this afternoon. Sick baby at home.
    • Yesterday: Administrative work
  • Bergie
    • Last week: Major performance tuning with Ragnaroek that we will soon run
    • Today: HTML documentation importer, query tuning with Downloads component
  • Niels
    • Friday,Monday: Clean up downloads and look at performance issues. Looked at options for Task:Package categories. Pinged about server issues again.
    • Today: Work on Task:Package categories. Clean up some duplicated items in Downloads. Work on Extras assistant to add section checking (warnings).
Thursday 2008-10-22
  • Niels
    • Yesterday: Performance tracing/ testing on internal server, made quite some progress. Published some jobs.
    • Today: Wrap up performance tuning so we can test for regressions before moving this to the live server. Work on Task:Package categories.
  • Dave
    • Yesterday: Handled a lot of backlog, and made proposal to get moving regarding the front page. Asked for clarification on the "Calling all innovators" initiative.
    • Today: Wire-frame new Development page, and start Support page proposal.
    • Problems: Need more reactivity from INdT - request for all versions of logo went unanswered for a week, and I have not heard back from Andre in a week either.
Wednesday 2008-10-22
  • Dave
    • Monday: Prepared lecture I gave Tuesday
    • Tuesday: Half-day lecture for library administrators, afternoon & evening meeting with a local non-profit here in Lyon
    • Today: First day since last week for working on Maemo. Urgency seems to be the front page redesign, discussion has petered out. I will plant a stake in the ground, and ensure INdT are working on the design & implementation, and move discussion to content & wireframing of Development, Community and Support pages
  • Niels
    • Yesterday: Tracing and logging performance issues on internal server together with Bergie. Worked on Extras Assistant to add new features. Discussed and tested the idea of subcategories for packages.
    • Today: Work on Package_Categories, work on performance enhancements for
  • Quim
  • Bergie
    • Yesterday: Major performance improvements with Ragnaroek
    • Today: Performance tuning for downloads and social news, implementing new cache strategy
Tuesday 2008-10-21
  • Niels
    • Yesterday: 'Downloads' / ragnaroek performance tracing on test machine.
    • Today: Remove package signing requirement from Extras Assistant. More 'Downloads' optimization.
Monday 2008-10-20
  • Niels
    • Friday: Worked on Task:Reducing_number_of_external_repositories, database tuning, upgraded the internal test server to Ragnaroek.
    • Today: 'Downloads' performance tracing on test machine. Remove package signing requirement from Extras Assistant.
  • Bergie
    • Today: Working on Ragnaroek traces with Niels, tuning performance where appropriate
  • Joonas
    • Today: Fixing the image resizer JS
Friday 2008-10-17
  • Dave
    • Yesterday: Spent the day chasing down the GNOME Event Box, and organising an emergency replacement for the GNOME stand at JDLL in Lyon.
    • Today: Attending JDLL, getting posters printed.
    • Tomorrow: JDLL day 2 - giving a presentation on GNOME accessibility at 9:30am.
Wednesday 2008-10-15
  • Dave
    • Yesterday: Little progress, out of the office all afternoon. Asked for clarification on prime time community software.
    • Today: Hopefully we can close the front page discussion and encapsulate the principles we agree on. I need to prepare a presentation for Saturday morning and a lecture for next week. I also want to (finally) make the updates I've been planning to the proposal.
Tuesday 2008-10-14
Monday 2008-10-13
Friday 2008-10-09
  • Dave
    • Wednesday: Paperwork, prepared a lecture for Thursday morning, processed email, worked on development page.
    • Thursday: Lecture, accountant, processed email.
    • Today: Visit office space, reviewed Task:Kill the old wiki - added a bunch of page redirects we need, and will review further the pages we brought over from the wiki. Those redirects are going to take time to set up. Frustratingly unproductive week.
  • Ryan
    • Past week: Improving discussion, asked Dave to review Task:Kill the old wiki, remarkable community projects discussion.
    • Today: Bug package maintainers about packages with invalid sections, ponder on the categories issue.
Thursday 2008-10-09
Wednesday 2008-10-08
  • Dave
    • Yesterday: Not much - Pushed update for revision proposal, have been working on content of, followed up on several mailing list threads
    • Today: Paperwork this morning, and following up on recent revisions of designs. Will push update to development content which will propose a reorganisation of existing content.
Tuesday 2008-10-07
  • Dave
    • Yesterday: Follow up with INdT on layout and design work for community pages and for redesign. Looked at some office space in the afternoon.
    • Today: Try to crystallise front page discussion - but since this morning I'm unsure if we're going in circles. Fill out proposal for rework overall.
Monday 2008-10-06
  • Dave
    • Friday: Passed a major hurdle for the invoicing system in Nokia. Travelled to the UK for the weekend, so was only around in the morning. Continued working on karma and refining front page design. I think we're ready to nail our flag to the post and get working on the realisation of a design now.
    • Today: Wind up the discussion on the front page design, we seem to be converging on something now. Start working with Nemein to figure out how we can implement this in Midgard. Also looking at some office space today.
Friday 2008-10-03
  • Dave (adding Monday - wiki was down Friday when I tried to connect)
    • Yesterday: Keep working on refining front page design. I think we're close to a final version. Worked on a proposal for reforming karma, made good progress in that discussion.
    • Today: Start working on patches for some simple karma fixes. Make progress on getting into Nokia's invoicing system.
  • Quim
    • Yesterday: Discussion about homepage. Cut lot of text at Explanation of the reasons why the closed source packages are closed.
    • Today: Publishing Explanation of the reasons why the closed source packages are closed. Discussion about homepage, still. Finding a basic way to proceed with community editions, distros and etc.
Thursday 2008-10-02
  • Niels
    • Yesterday: Worked on Task:Reducing_number_of_external_repositories, worked on some server issues and repository.
    • Today: Try to fix some server issues.
    • Tomorrow - weekend - Monday: I will be away for a long weekend, (probably) not reading email. Urgent matters: SMS.
    • Problem: The flue.
  • Quim
    • Yesterday: Reflecting decisions of sprint meeting in this wiki page. Discussion on homepage. Task:ITt Collaboration‎ cleaning. Reviewing priorities in Website bugs, pushed some to Medium.
    • Today: Publishing Explanation of the reasons why the closed source packages are closed (everyday there is something that gets in between!). Discussion on homepage.
Wednesday 2008-10-01
  • Dave
    • Yesterday: Work on my proposal for front page redesign. Contact Marcelo and Tim to get some layout proposals for IRC sprint meeting. Document karma.
    • Today: Start work on proposal for developer portal. Identify key resources that should be put on a pedestal. Clean up Task:Content Cleanup.
  • Quim
    • Yesterday: Discussion on homepage. Facilitation of the sprint meeting.
    • Today: Reflecting decisions in sprint in this wiki page. Discussion on homepage. Publishing Explanation of the reasons why the closed source packages are closed.