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Operation Cleansweep Launched!

Posted in ubuntu-planet by nigelbabu on June 4, 2010

At UDS-M in Brussels, Jono had announced Operation Cleansweep, it’s a project to clear up all the bugs with patches in Launchpad before Maverick release date, that is, Oct 10, 2010.  The launch date for the project was initially announced for May 26, but due to operational issues and real life, we had to delay the launch for 2 weeks.  I’m happy to announce the launch of the project today.  We’ve finally been able to subscribe the team to all the bugs with patches minus the blacklisted packages.

Photo Credit: boeingdreamscape on Flickr. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

As of now there are 1952 bugs with patches to be cleared by the project and around 80 to 90 patches being added every month.  We’ve set an initial daily target of 15 bugs per day.  You can participate in Operation Cleansweep by reviewing the patches, talking people into reviewing patches, and even putting up the meter on your website.  As the days progress, we’re going to add more functionality including a twitter feed to post the number of bugs every day perhaps, a Facebook application for the meter, and also an IRC factoid that will display the number of unreviewed bugs with patches.  If you can help with the Facebook application or the twitter bot, please ping me (nigelb on or Daniel Holbach (dholbach on

Here’s how it all works: we review the bug, check the bug, try it out, see who can make a final decision about it, forward it to Debian and/or Upstream and make sure it finds its way into Ubuntu too. The way we keep track of things is by using tags in bug reports that indicate the status of the patch. It should take you only a bit to get the hang of it and you do everybody a great service by checking out fixes and making sure that every benefits from them. For more details on the workflow, please see the Review Guide.

Join us in #ubuntu-reviews on if you have any questions or queries.  We’re always here to help!

For the Ubuntu Reviewers Team,
Daniel Holbach and Nigel Babu

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  1. Ewan Ha said, on June 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    This is a very good thing!

    I hope this contributes to a better ubuntu.

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