Update on bug system for OpenJDK

Dr Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org
Sun May 29 01:08:26 UTC 2011

On 25 May 2011 02:00, Weijun Wang <weijun.wang at oracle.com> wrote:
> If JIRA is all green and Bugster has so many yellow and red, why is it still
> listed as a choice? There must be something where Bugzilla has its
> advantage, although I don't know what it is.
> Thanks
> Max

As raised in the other thread on this
-- no idea why we need two...), these advantages/disadvantages depend
on the criteria chosen and many areas where Bugzilla is preferable to
JIRA have simply not been included.  For example,

* We already have a Bugzilla instance (bugs.openjdk.java.net) with
users and bugs already filed.  This was the result of a democratic
decision taken at FOSDEM in the early days of OpenJDK.
* Bugzilla is FOSS, so if improvements do need to be made (which are
listed as negatives in the comparison), they can be and by anyone.
JIRA however is under a proprietary license.  Apparently, as mentioned
in the other thread, those who obtain a license get access to the
source code, but this still limits changes to a select group and to
whatever terms that source is available under.
* Bugzilla is used by many FOSS projects including several GNU/Linux
distributions (e.g. Fedora, RHEL, Gentoo) and the IcedTea project, so
OpenJDK/IcedTea users will have already experienced filing bugs
against it using these bug systems.

To me, they actually seem rather equal, bar the points outlined above,
but Bugzilla seems to have been cast in a more unfavourable light than
JIRA in the comparsion, including such idealogical comparisons as the
development language used to write the bug system.
Andrew :-)

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