Sometimes the system works …

If you look at the Ubuntu Philosophy, one of the things it says is:

We believe that every computer user … should be able to use their software in the language of their choice.

Although things like a project philosophy are usually pretty abstract, sometimes they can make it easy to figure out the right thing to do.

Earlier today, Ahmed El-Mahmoudy came on the #ubuntu-motu IRC channel and asked about if it would be too late to include a fix for Bug 757540 in Natty. As a member of the Ubuntu Release Team, I decided to look into it.

The reporter of the bug, Burkut, is a Uyghur translator for Ubuntu. In order to fix a long standing problem with Uyghur text not rendering properly in Ubuntu, he had contacted the upstream for the relevant font and asked them about extending it to support Uyghur.

This was done in a new release that just came out yesterday.

In short order, Burkut reported the bug, Ahmed El-Mahmoudy packaged the updated font and asked for Ubuntu Release Team review, as part of that review, Burkut tested the new package and gave us test results, I approved the Feature Freeze exception, and Dustin Kirkland sponsored the upload.

Usually we don’t like to update package versions close to release, but given:

We believe that every computer user … should be able to use their software in the language of their choice.

it really seemed like the right thing to do. Thanks to everyone invovled.

If you don’t know about the Uyghur people, Wikipedia, as usual, has something about them.

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3 Responses to “Sometimes the system works …”


  1. 1 jorge April 11, 2011 at 17:41

    At our local Jam a few weekends ago someone found a bug in gpodder that would lose subscriptions on update. The bug was fixed in a newer release that happened to be in Debian.

    I filed the bug with a snarky grin thinking “this is just the sort of bug we always screw up on that sneaks through.”

    And then it was fixed. https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-April/011142.html

  2. 2 hobgoblin April 12, 2011 at 02:35

    Nice jorge

    “I filed the bug…” “And then it was fixed…” Were you surprised?

    Next time file it as someone else and see if you feel so great, alternatively just go look at launchpad and see how many bugs are there from ordinary people and see if they are moved on so quickly – bet you don’t


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