Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu operating system, has launched a project with the intriguing title of "One Hundred Paper Cuts". The plan is to identify and fix 100 small points of interface pain for users.

The company says: "A paper cut is a minor usability annoyance that an average user would encounter on his/her first day of using a new installation of Ubuntu 9.10". It's not looking for specific problems with apps - the company wants system-wide issues.

How successful the project is will depend on the thousands of volunteers that contribute to the Ubuntu OS. Still, it's a noble goal and should drive further uptake of the top free Linux-based OS.