"Triage is an important part of a kernel developer's job. A
project as large and as widely-used as the kernel will always
generate more bug reports than can be realistically addressed in
the amount of time which is available. So developers must figure
out which reports are most deserving of their attention. Sometimes
the existence of an irate, paying customer makes this decision
easy. Other times, though, it is a matter of making a guess at
which bugs are affecting the largest numbers of users. And that
often comes down to how many different reports have come in for a
"Of course, counting reports is not the easiest thing to do,
especially if they are not all sent to the same place..."
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