From: Dom Lachowicz (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Nov 19 2002 - 15:02:37 EST
Hi there folks,
Bugzilla is getting out of hand. It's rapidly
approaching the 1,000 bug mark (965+) currently. This
represents a varitable mountain of bugs, RFEs, and
tracker issues. My best guesstimation is that it would
take over a "Martin" man-year to resolve the large
majority of these bugs.
What I'd like to do is to have people start focussing
more on bugzilla. This doesn't mean that I want
everyone to work on bugs and only bugs from now until
eternity. But perhaps if we all paid bugzilla a little
more attention, the mountain would begin to erode a
How can one help?
1) Triage bugs. Matthew Craig, MG, Hakon, and others
have done a great job with this, and would probably
love another few sets of hands helping out there. Make
sure that all bugs have an owner, a milestone,
priority, etc... Close as invalid/wontfix those bugs
which you believe are invalid or that should not be
2) QA Confirm/deny bugs. Move them to CLOSED or
3) File new bugs and RFEs.
4) Fix bugs or parts of bugs as you can. I'm
especially hoping for lots of developers to help
tackle this one.
You want to work on a new feature? Fine. Enter the
feature into bugzilla so that it can be noted and
triaged. Or better yet, look at one of the hundreds of
RFEs already in bugzilla and tackle a few of them. You
want to get involved in AbiWord development? Go pick a
bug or RFE out that interests you, brew up a patch.
bugzilla.abisource.com has lots of wonderful ideas for
you. irc://irc.gnome.org#abiword has lots of smart and
helpful folks willing to help you out.
CVS HEAD shows *tons* of potential. But that and $.50
will get us a $.50 cup of coffee. What Abi needs is a
lot of polish and attention to detail before we can
dub this thing "2.0". I don't expect all or even a
majority of these bugs to be closed before the 2.0
release. But I'd like a lot of them to be addressed to
some large degree. Not all bugs are created equal.
Let's kick the real nasties in the backside.
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