Miniconfs/Bridging the gap
Distributions give the software an increased audience, but an audience that forms an opinion on "out of date" software, as the versions of the upstream software that are provided by the distributions are inevitably older than the versions that the upstream developers are working on.
Launchpad is focusing on this area of tension looking at ways to "bridge the gap" between Ubuntu and upstream projects. The Launchpad team is working on tasteful syncing of bug comments with other bug trackers, helping translations move upstream and building nightly packages in order to make the bleeding edge available to more people.
This mini-conf will provide a forum to find out not only what the Launchpad team is doing, but to share other ideas on how Ubuntu, other distributions and upstream developers can communicate better and work together with less friction.
Call for papers
If you want to submit a talk for this miniconf, email Tim Penhey