DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2005-09
Re: final thoughts - bug tracking system
Chris Pressey wrote:
This doesn't change the fact that JIRA is closed-source.
Does anyone (besides me) have objections to this on principle (rather
than on a pragmatic basis)?
What kind of message does it send about DragonFly's commitment to
open-source, for example? Isn't it kind of like saying to our fellow
volunteers on projects such as Bugzilla and Trac: "Well thanks for
giving back to the community, guys, but in the end we'd rather help
improve a closed commercial product than help you improve yours" ?
Open source is not a crusade. Even if we follow that metaphore, the
DragonflyBSD project cannot fight on every front. As Bugzilla's future
doesn't rest on DFBSD, and bug tracking system can be such a drain of
valuable energy, the most task-adequate bug tracking system should be
picked. Energy should be concentrated on what makes DFBSD unique. Only
this way does it bring the most to the OSS comunity.
The company behind JIRA seems to be keen on attracting opensource
projects by making sure JIRA is not a prison. Of course, you would still
have hurdles in case of a switch. But you get the same with all other
bugtracking systems. JIRA doesn't make it worst.
JIRA is a good choice