Bug Reporting In Linux - How Could It Be Improved?

Reaching out to get your voice on the topic of Bug Reporting in Linux. We may use some of the comments in an upcoming episode. You can leave any comment you like but some potential questions would be:

  • Do you generally find it easy to open bug reports?
  • Who has the best bug report system you’ve used in open source?
  • Do you think there should be more consistency across distros?
  • What keeps you from opening more bug reports?
  • Do you find when you open bug reports the issue gets addressed?

Yes, However I am a technical person across multiple Linux projects. I have developed the skills and insight required to make rather detailed bug reports based on the template that project provides. Your Average user™ is not going to have a github account and bugzilla account for every item they use.

What type are we talking about? User submitted (Github Issues) or automated reports? I like gitlab for the very simple reason of “Its pretty and I use it”

It is already reported or I found a workaround!

Yes and no, Not all bug reports are equal. And not all of them have to be solved in a technical sense.

in Addition, in Git 2.27, The subcommand "bugreport" will be added

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That I cannot answer because I only submitted bug reports to Debian, Ubuntu and openSUSE and maybe some smaller projects. Every project was using a totally different bug tracker.

I am not sure because every project is different.

Not sure but I did not always get a satisfactory response although from the Debian project it is top notch. You will get a reply in no time even if the bug cannot be resolved in the moment.

Usually yes, specially when it is a Linux distro and as I said maybe I have to admit that I have more experience with Debian and even though people seemed to complain about their old school approach I think for me it worked the best. When I used Debian Unstable I was submitting bugs and on every issue I had a response.

I’m not disparaging this. This is, IMHO, one of the big blockers for the “average user.” If there was a way to implement anonymous (or unregistered) bug reports, even if they defaulted to a lower priority, that’d be great.


As a nerd on a non nerd mailing list. it isnt so bad™

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