Re: Number of bugs - statistics

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 11:56:57 EST

On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 07:51:35AM -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> On Thu, 22 May 2008 17:41:14 +0300
> Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 02:28:17PM +0200, Bosko Radivojevic wrote:
> >
> > > Hi!
> >
> > Hi Bosko!
> >
> > > Is there any kind of analysis of number of (reported or resolved)
> > > bugs through time in Linux kernel floating around? I'm trying to
> > > convince my colleagues that newer kernel version does not mean more
> > > bugs than the previous 'well tested' ones.
> >
> > We definitely have many regressions (something that previously worked
> > does no longer work) in each kernel.
> ... and many of those regressions are things people are unlikely to
> hit. And we fix many long standing bugs as well.
> Maybe some other data:
> * The incoming rate of ACPI bugs has been pretty much flat the last 3
> years, while the number of Linux (and ACPI) users has grown
> significantly. The number of unfixed bugs has more than halved, from
> over 200 to well below 100.
> * The SCSI maintainer also reports that he sees flat to declining bug
> rates; again with the increase in Linux user base that is a good sign

Andrew sees and handles the majority of incoming bug reports.
Ask him whether he agress with this.

And ALSA alone has 2000 open bug reports, which makes the open ACPI or
SCSI bug numbers relatively irrelevant in any "number of bugs"

> > > Any kind of (research) reports or papers that address this issue is
> > > more than welcome.
> >
> > Any such reports or papers would anyway be flawed since we have no
> > data one could use for doing serious statistics.
> We have data for 2.6.25 at least, on which we can and do serious
> statistics.

Where do we have data for 2.6.25 covering all kinds of bugs?

Regressions reported before 2.6.25 and Oops'es etc. are only a small
part of the picture.



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"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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