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What is the best medium for sending feature requests? Both for Ubuntu as a whole and individual (supported) apps?

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Noel, you need some change in the answer or the answer provided is enough? –  Manish Sinha Mar 1 '11 at 21:30
Most feature requests are ignored, regardless of the venue. There simply are not enough volunteer developers to respond to the constant flood of requests. The best way to add a feature to Ubuntu is to create it, or find it in the wild and package it, or to help a project or team that is working on it. –  user535733 May 6 '12 at 23:44
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Individual Applications

For individual apps, the best way is filing a bug requests or feature request in the individual applications.

Some upstream development portals might be having explicit feature for asking user ideas but most of them use their bug tracker for that.

Example, you want a new feature in Synapse (the kick-ass launcher powered by zeitgeist) then you can file a bug request, ask for the feature and ask for the bug to be classified under [Wishlist].

Or before filing bugs for wishlist, you might want to talk to the devs of the particular application. You can look at their mailing list or IRC channel.


For Ubuntu, as Octavian mentioned Brainstorm was supposed to be a good platform, but sadly most of the ideas were neglected and it was closed now.

Recently Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman mentioned that Technical Board will take up 10 most popular ideas and respond to them. I still find Brainstorm a big disappointment. Just too many ideas are logged to such an extent that the good ideas are lost in the crowd.

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so basically there is no way to make sure that your idea or request ATLEAST reached canonical team? Can getting involved here- wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork be limited to just giving ideas? –  Nirmik Aug 17 '12 at 16:33
Unfortunately Brainstorm was closed: askubuntu.com/a/321291/34298 –  rubo77 Apr 18 at 22:53
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You can make a feature suggest by submitting it as a "bug" at bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu.

Mark the bug with the tag [Wishlist] and the developers will know there is a demand.

These types of bugs unfortunately are not usually given a high priority so you may have more luck trying to approach the upstream developers.

The Link to actually file a bug "Report a bug" in the top right corner leads to a page, where there is no possibility to file a bug. It explains that this is only possible now at the console if you type


into the console and follow the instructions.

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