Like Ubuntu Linux? This week, help make it better

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It's no secret that Linux offers an increasingly compelling alternative for business users in this mobile-influenced computing era, complete with desktop interfaces and a variety of user-experience options designed for solid desktop productivity.

Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution is surely among the more popular flavors with business users, of course, and this week, fans of the free and open source operating system have a chance to do their bit to help make it even better.

Specifically, this Thursday is the next Ubuntu Bug Day on which fans and users can help improve the software. No training or experience is required, so if you appreciate what the Ubuntu developers and community have accomplished so far, now's the time to lend a hand.

59 new bugs

Fans of the open source LibreOffice productivity suite may recall that there was a similar marathon” effort focused on that software package late last year.

On Thursday, however, it's Ubuntu's turn. More than 1,800 bugs are filed every week, on average, but the target package of this event will be the ubuntu-release-upgrader, which handles upgrades between Ubuntu releases. Efforts will focus on 59 new bugs along with eight incomplete bugs that need a status check and 21 confirmed bugs that need a review.

“Are you looking for a way to start giving some love back to your adorable Ubuntu Project?” read the official announcement from Ubuntu BugSquad developer Fabio Marconi on Saturday. “This is a perfect time! Everybody can help in a Bug Day.”

'Everyone is welcome'

To get involved, you'll need Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client software. A list of possibilities is provided in the online Ubuntu documentation.

Next, simply visit #ubuntu-bugs on IRC. “You don't need to be a developer and you don't need to know how to write code,” explains the Ubuntu Bug Day wiki page. “Everyone is welcome. If you don't know how to help, then just stop on by and we'll explain everything to you.”

Tasks focus primarily on triaging, which is much like the process of prioritizing patients in a hospital based on the severity of their condition. That, in turn, allows developers to spend their time more effectively on the issues that matter most.

Meanwhile, if you use Ubuntu and have a package you'd particularly like to see improved, consider organizing a bug event yourself. No matter how you choose to get involved, there's no doubt community efforts like these are a big part of what makes Linux work so well.

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