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This page is to describe how the ["EtchTODOList"] and EtchWishList pages work.

The following pages are used to the following for the period between the
This page is to describe how the etch TODO list pages work. The following pages are used to the following for the period between the
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The ["EtchTODOList"] contains a list of items which are __actively being
worked on__ for Etch. To list an item, you should:
The ["EtchTODOList"] contains a list of items which are /actively being
worked on/ for Etch. To list an item, you should:

EtchTODOList Meta

This page is to describe how the etch TODO list pages work. The following pages are used to the following for the period between the release of sarge and the release of Etch:

  • ["EtchTODOList"] - changes that are taking place
  • EtchWishList - changes that people would like to see take place

  • ?EtchDoneList - changes that have taken place

  • ["EtchTODOListMeta"] - information on manipulating these pages

The TODO list

The ["EtchTODOList"] contains a list of items which are /actively being worked on/ for Etch. To list an item, you should:

  • describe the item as succinctly as possible
  • provide evidence it's being worked on, such as add your WikiName, or link to relevant blog postings, web pages, mailing list messages

It should be clear for people who want to help out who to contact or where to look next. Where relevant, link to a ?WikiPage where people can learn more.

The Wish list

Things people want to see, but nobody has stepped up to do them, or, things which people probably have stepped up to work on but no evidence is available for the wiki yet (or it hasn't been linked in).

People should check that something isn't being worked on in the ["EtchTODOList"] and mailing-list archives etc., then if it isn't and isn't listed here, it can be added.

Rationale

A number of large discussions on debian-devel spawned the initial versions of these wiki pages.

A number of other discussions are yet to be fully merged into the wiki (check and move to the above list when appropriate):

There are similar discussions for debian-spin offs which might prove inspiring:

Guidelines

Here's a few simple rules to keep the lists as useful as possible:

Do:

  • Sign items with your WikiName, or link to external info describing

involvement, if you are working on something. This is to make sure it belongs in the TODO list rather than the Wish list, but also so people who want to help out can get involved.

  • provide links to mailing list discussions etc. - while the Wiki is good for keeping track of issues up to some point, it is not a good discussion medium.

  • move items to ?EtchDoneList if they have been completed.

Don't:

  • ...attempt to discuss the issues on these pages. Dedicated pages or the mailing lists are more appropriate.
  • ...list issues with single packages here - we have the bug tracking system for this! http://bugs.debian.org/

  • ...list proposals here on how the Etch release should be managed. There is ["ReleaseProposals"] for this.

Work needed

  • stuff on the EtchWishList which people are actively working on need to be identified and moved to ["EtchTODOList"]. There's an especially large number right now as a result of the initial transition to this page structure.

  • stuff on ["EtchTODOList"] which has been done needs to be moved to ?EtchDoneList.

  • this wiki is peripheral to, and not a core part of, the project's organisation. As a result, discussions and work being made that crop up on the mailing lists need to be periodically incorporated into these lists to keep them up-to-date.