Comment on OpenSolaris bugfix process in a comment in Jim’s blog
As the author of the
article and the presentation that they refer to, I have a few comments.
Some of the steps currently involved are more complex than they
need to be simply because we do not have an externally facing SCM.
This is a bug, it’s being worked on.
Solaris has a reputation for quality and stability. Part of the
“bureaucracy” that you refer to are the steps that we already take
internally to guarantee that we don’t compromise that quality. Just
because we have open sourced the product does not mean that we
should than sacrifice the checks and balances needed to maintain
Which would you have us do?
Simply say that as we don’t have a method for developers
outside of Sun to contribute, so tough cheese until we do?
Add a little extra process to take this into account to allow
those that want to contribute to do so?
- Simply say that as we don’t have a method for developers
Also, I make a lot of comments about these slides in the mp3 that I
also left there, have you had a listen to that?
Yes, our processes are not perfect, but the important thing is, it’s
possible to work with. We are working to simplify things, but
please don’t expect us to sacrifice quality for expedience.
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I’ve started a thread at the Open Solaris General discussion forum. The actual thread is Bug fix process overly burdonsome ?. It would be nice to move discussion there for a wider audience. Perhaps we do need anotehr bugfix process for those who don’t want to be involved in the putback processes. It would be interesting to see some good discussion about what parts of the current process are overly burdonsome.