From the changelog of the latest Ubuntu package of MonoDevelop:
Part of a screenshot from Launchpad, showing that there are over 14,000 bugs in Ubuntu.

monodevelop (0.11+svn20060818-0ubuntu2) edgy; urgency=low

* debian/patches/gtk-sharp-2.10.dpatch:
+ Fix a annoying unhandled exception with gtk# 2.10. Thanks to Martey Dodoo
for pointing at the patch (Ubuntu: #58649)

-- Sebastian Dröge <> Mon, 4 Sep 2006 22:23:01 +0200

I was initially hesitant to use Launchpad because I had read some posts (probably on Planet Gnome) castigating it for not being open-source and a possible way for Canonical to manipulate other projects or something. Once I started using it, I was quite pleased. The interface is about as nice as Gnome's Bugzilla, which was custom designed by Olav Vitters.

While it seems a bit obnoxious to spend more time on a bug tracker (and hence more time fixing software bugs) because of aesthetic appeal, but nobody likes ugly websites.[1]

I also have an aversion to crowds, even online. This causes me to shy away from making comments on popular sites that have hundreds of comments on each of their entries (like Slashdot). This also causes me to avoid bug trackers that have seem to become too populous (like Mozilla's). Ubuntu has enough people reporting bugs that there is material to work with[2], but not enough that I feel that I cannot make a difference.

If you are using Ubuntu Edgy, you should be filing and adding information to bugs in Launchpad in order to make Ubuntu 6.10 better. It is annoying to see places like the Ubuntu Forums hopping with people complaining about bugs and trying to figure out ways around them, but not talking about these workarounds at places where people with the power to implement them systemwide are listening.

[1] You are thinking, "What about MySpace?" On MySpace, Rupert Murdoch is not creating the ugliness, your friends who know nothing about web design, good music, or even how to match colors are creating the ugliness. Your friends suck.

[2] Part of the fun of open source is tracking the bugs that are important to you - from wishlist features that you wish you had thought of to critical bugs that prevent you from doing work.