QA Archives

  1. 10th bugiversary

    Some part of me will always be a QA guy, so it is nice to note that today is the tenth anniversary of my first formal bug filing (and first formal participation in Mozilla, I believe): mozilla bugzilla bug 8749, nested <DL> tags don’t display properly. Happy bugday to me, happy bugday to me… :)

  2. a rumbling about X QA

    As I rebooted this morning as a result of RH bug 4733471 two serious questions popped into my head: do any of the major core X contributors2 employ a full-time X QA person? As far as I know the answer is ‘no’ but I’d love to be wrong. would a full-time X QA person funded…

  3. Bzzzzt.

    Wrong answer. giant by brom. License: The six month release cycle is not an all-controlling god, and bugs in one known, specific subsystem are not undebuggable without wide release (which was KDE’s most valid excuse). If it isn’t ready for wide use, it isn’t and shouldn’t be a GNOME .0. It isn’t ‘too late’ to…

  4. Infotopia, information-gathering, and software QA

    A couple of weeks ago I finished reading Cass Sunstein’s Infotopia. While certainly not a perfect book by any stretch, it gives a stimulating overview of a central problem for any society- how it collects and filters information so that it can make decisions. Being a good U of C guy, he starts with Hayek’s…

  5. productive testing tips

    I was cited in an article on testing tips this past week. Here is some cut and paste from the email I sent to the author (Joe Barr) when he asked me for tips; my email goes into more detail than he was able to put in his article so I thought it might be…

  6. misc. post-weekend bits

    Diebold is considering selling their voting machine unit. RH, this is your chance. Actually used a Wii for the first time this weekend. What fun. This is real thinking outside the box. (I’ve never owned a game machine, and never previously been particularly tempted. But I am now, esp. since I didn’t buy myself anything…

  7. More on QA, Ubuntu, trust, etc.

    Heard from Ubuntu this morning (in comments and via email, neither official) so I figured I owed an update, having slammed them fairly thoroughly here :) So some notes from email and comments: I didn’t see an official Ubuntu announce about this because I didn’t look in the most obvious place of all- ubuntu.com. Looking…

  8. Notes about distros, QA, etc.

    Yesterday I flamed Ubuntu, I think with cause, for breaking X. Followups: Points out of the comments in that thread yesterday: Fedora now believes that they are going to be able to support (apparently already have supported) distro->distro upgrades, like Debian has done for years and Ubuntu has done since day 1. This is very…