What are bugs? Are bugs really work items?

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Mon Oct 11 18:28:13 UTC 2004

Christopher Hicks wrote:
> That's all fine.  Linux still exemplifies the "throw it all in and deal 
> with the consequences" philosophy.

Oh, it _so_ doesn't. Did you read the post from that guy who replied to 
that Sun blogger who complained about Linux not having stuff in Solaris? 
His main point was that getting stuff past Linus is _hard_. The kernel 
is one of the most tightly controlled projects out there.

> Also - I'm not saying that totally opening things up and not thinking at 
> all about the direction or value of things is the way to go.  But the 
> bugzilla attitude has gone so far in the other direction that it has 
> stifled healthy progress.

I still don't see "healthy progress" as "throw everything in, cook it 
down, and see what emerges", primarily because anyone using the software 
during the cooking process will not have a pleasant experience.

Progress has been slow of late, but that's an issue to do with time from 
the devs, not to do with choice of direction.


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