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Bug Tracker Helps Mop Up Linux Kernel

Apr 14, 2009, 18:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"For all its importance to business, the Linux kernel has had an aggressive code-creation process and a less aggressive, less structured code-correction process.

"Wysocki has taken on responsibility for clearing up unresolved bugs, which has improved the situation, said Andrew Morton, the kernel integrator who acts as Linus Torvalds' chief lieutenant.

"Morton told a Linux kernel developer summit in Cambridge, England, two years ago that he wanted to appoint "a nasty person" to identify bugs and "beat up on developers who do not fix bugs." Many programmers like to submit code and see it committed to the kernel, but they don't necessarily follow up with fixes if bugs show up afterward."

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