10k open Ubuntu bugs

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at canonical.com
Thu Apr 27 05:41:12 BST 2006


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On Apr 25, 2006, at 8:14 AM, Daniel Robitaille wrote:
> ...
> I know all these bugs now belong to Malone, but maybe we should find a
> way to create some sort of compartment system between the different
> types of bugs we get.  I can't imagine how the developers feel when
> they see these 10000 open bugs, and hundred of bugs assigned to them,
> are all lumped together in one big pile, main and universe together,
> ubuntu/kubuntu/xubuntu/etc together,  and they have to find the good
> reports from the one to be ingnored and try to see patterns in the
> problems submitted.    On the long run, I'm not sure the current
> system is a sustainable one as we pick up more and more users, and
> thus gather more and more reports.  First thing we know we will have
> the same number of bugs reports in Malone than the Debian BTS since we
> cover a very similar range of applications and packages, but with a
> lot less of the manpower to deal with the reports.
> ...

There are two things planned to help with this.

First, introducing a "Won't Fix Here" status. 
<https://launchpad.net/products/malone/+bug/36059> This will let bugs 
have statuses like "Evolution: confirmed; Ubuntu: Won't Fix Here". In 
that example, the bug occurs in Ubuntu's Evolution package, and if it's 
fixed in a new upstream release Ubuntu will happily package that 
release, but the Ubuntu developers will never fix it separately.

Second, introducing a process for nominating and accepting/declining 
bugs to be fixed in distribution releases. This isn't fully designed 
yet, but it will probably mean that a bug can have a status of, for 
example, "Ubuntu: Confirmed; Ubuntu 6.06: Won't Fix Here". It may also 
mean that <https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/dapper/+bugs> becomes a 
useful page for developers, while 
<https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+bugs> remains the first port of 
call for bug reporters.

- -- 
Matthew Paul Thomas
http://mpt.net.nz/
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