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Paper cut bug

In the Ubuntu Linux-based operating system a paper cut bug is defined as "a trivially fixable usability bug that the average user would encounter on his/her first day of using a brand new installation of the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop Edition."[1] The analogy is with a paper cut; small, not seriously damaging, but surprisingly painful. The use of the term has since spread to other software projects.[2]


The first "paper cut" campaign was in June 2009, and each such release has been accompanied by a paper cut project. Initially the project was intended to have Ubuntu developers and users identify and fix one hundred minor bugs that negatively impact the Ubuntu user experience and complete the work to be included in the release of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. The intention was that each of these bugs would require no more than a day's work for a competent programmer.[3][4]

The first ten of the original paper cuts were:

  1. Dim files when you 'cut' them for later 'paste' action[5]
  2. "Move to Trash" option misleading[6]
  3. Ambiguous wording in confirmation alert box[7]
  4. "Eject/Unmount" Human theme icon in Nautilus should have hover and click states[8]
  5. Default folders inside Home Folder (e.g. Documents, Music) should have special icons/emblems[9]
  6. Update manager should warn about laptop running on battery when installing big updates[10]
  7. Consistent Volume "Safe to remove" notifications[11]
  8. 'Create Document' sub-menu superfluous when no templates are installed[12]
  9. Nautilus doesn't assign custom icon to "Downloads" folder[13]
  10. Wifi auto-connection asks for keyring password[14]