By Barbara Corwin on Nov 21, 2008
On the subject of improving developer collaboration, some of you will be glad to know we are investigating changes to bugs.opensolaris.org.
This bugs-by-mail mechanism was written by someone no longer around and has not been owned by my team for reasons that don't matter. It was originally meant to be only a temporary stopgap until open defect tracking was available (we were so blissfully naive when all this started :-). That plan clearly hasn't worked out so well as three and a half years later we are still using it and will be for the foreseeable future. Yes, even with defect.opensolaris.org, some bugs will need to remain in and be worked via Sun's database.
Because issues with bugs.opensolaris.org and how it works are clearly dissatisfiers for many community members, my team is investigating the possibility of taking ownership of this service so that we would be able to make enhancements to improve its usefulness and people's experience with it.
More information will be available on the SCM Migration Project page in the new year once we have completed the investigation. So watch the project page or join the discussion to see how this progresses. And I'll also be back with an update as soon as one is available.