Update on bug system for OpenJDK (web-discuss)

Dr Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org
Tue May 24 22:36:51 UTC 2011

On 24 May 2011 21:20, Mohan Pakkurti <mohan.pakkurti at oracle.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have posted an update on the effort to create a bug system for OpenJDK here:
> http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/web-discuss/2011-May/000221.html
> Please join that discussion if you have any comments.
> Cheers
> Mohan

The current discussion seems to be very much one-sided in favour of
JIRA.  Here are a number of points that aren't covered and may balance
things up:

* The language of Bugzilla (Perl) is denoted as a negative, while the
language of JIRA (Java) is denoted as a positive.  What is the basis
for this?  Also, how is the language relevant for JIRA when the
application is proprietary and thus can't be modified anyway?
* Bugzilla is criticised for needing code modifications to achieve
some features, but was this necessary for JIRA, it would not be
possible.  It's not ideal that required features aren't available as
is, but Bugzilla being FOSS means any required feature can be added.
This is not possible with JIRA and is a major pro in choosing Bugzilla
IMHO. What happens if JIRA is chosen and a feature is needed down the
line that is not available?  What choices do we have to implement it,
given we can't modify the code?
* The interfaces to these tools is going to matter a lot for people
reporting bugs.  Personally, the few times I've found someone using
JIRA (which is fairly rare), navigating its interface has been a
nightmare for me.  Bugzilla, on the other hand, is used on many FOSS
projects, including distros like Fedora, so users will be used to this
Andrew :-)

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