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Open Source Bug Lifecycle

This little tale from RISKS describes the process by which a bug was discovered, traced, and (yes, finally) fixed.

<p>It’s especially interesting because at several points in the story a Band-Aid approach would have gotten the users on their way, but the developers insisted on a root-cause analysis and a reasoned, logical approach to fixing the bug correctly.</p>
<p>The story is probably all too familiar to long-time Linux users, though we can take solace in the facts that bugs <i>are</i> getting fixed the right way, and that interested parties can examine and fix the bugs that are there.