NetBSD held a public ‘Bugathon’ this weekend: developers and users gathered together on a public IRC channel where they discussed and fixed a lot of PR’s (270 bugs closed in just two days). It was such a success that the NetBSD developers plan to organize such event regularly. There’s also a website (still under construction).
NetBSD’s First ‘Bugathon’ a Success
Submitted by ghen 2006-09-25 NetBSD 9 Comments
I am so impressed! Awesome!
Things kind of bugathon’s and hackathons always seem to be a lot of success, or rather you always hear about them being a success. I remember Theo from OpenBSD always said that at the Hackathons the OpenBSD people always got a ton of work done. Maybe NetBSD needs to setup a OpenBSD style hackathon?
At work, we have monthly product/platform releases. At the end of each month, people will major/important pieces going out come in at night to prepare for any possible issues, so they can be fixed. So a bunch of people are in the office from like 12 until 4/5/6/7 fixing bugs. It’s kind of fun, for me, so I can see how this type of thing on a grander scale would work out well.
This kind of thing would really improve the *BSD’s image in general — there is nothing worse then people saying ‘BSD sucks because (insert favourite PR’ed annoyance)’.