AbiWord Weekly News #48, (2001, week 24, released 2001.06.17)
Welcome to issue 48 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
This week development picked up again and 35 fixed bugs are pending QA. Seems people are really intending on making this upcoming release (0.9.0) a good one. Dom posted a TODO list and I suspect we'll see a lot of stuff on it fixed next week.
Also, the abiword-docs gang are getting top quality feedback and bugs they file have a short life expectancy. As it should be, too :) They are producing good stuff, and I hope we'll be able to make it available in the not too distant future. Maybe a first release for 0.9.0?
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
Patch of the week goes to three people because I can't decide which set of patches I like best: Martin has made some good work on the background painting architecture which has really improved performance and finish. Dom bit the bullet and improved the ispell support; even though we all hate it, it's still the only spell checker available on Windows. Finally, Frodo Looijaard finished off the work Sam started on the autoconf/make system - I guess (and hope!) this should make it possible for all to use.
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: ---------------------------------------------------- 2001.05.25 55 ( +10%) 89 ( +53%) 287 ( -6%) 2001.06.01 57 ( +3%) 91 ( +2%) 287 ( +0%) 2001.06.08 61 ( +7%) 101 ( +10%) 308 ( +7%) 2001.06.15 67 ( -1%) 136 ( +3%) 301 ( +0%)
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 15 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed and verified fixed):461, 513, 744, 1345, 1401, 1444, 1456, 1476, 1488, 1491, 1504, 1517, 1520, 1523 and 1555
Traffic on the developer mailing list has picked up a little this week compared to the two previous weeks.
This week, interesting topics included:
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