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Mozilla Crosses 800,000 Filed Bugs

By - Source: Gervase Markham | B 12 comments

Mozilla's busy Firefox developer community submitted Bugzilla bug number 800,000 on October 10.

That is almost 800,000 reported bugs in more than 14 years of the history of Bugzilla (I am mentioning "almost" since the bug count does not start with bug number "1", but with bug number "507"). Of course, Firefox does not reach quite that far back as the first pre-release version did not arrive until September 2002 and the first final release until November 2004. Bugzilla's origins date back to 1998 when the bugtracker was released as open source software by Netscape.

Nevertheless, the number of bugs filed by Firefox developers is impressive.

Of the 799,493 listed bugs (until October 10), more than half a million (530,953) were filed between the release of Firefox 1 on November 9, 2004 and October 10, 2012. Prior to the release of the first final browser, the database already included 268,033 bugs. The most recent 100,000 bugs were filed between November 4, 2011 and October 10, 2012. That bug filing rate puts the Mozilla community on a pace of 293 bugs filed per day.


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    mrmaia , October 19, 2012 4:23 PM
    Well, at least Mozilla devs work hard to fix all those bugs and deliver a better free product to everyone, not to mention most of those bugs aren't critical anyway. It's completely different from another company, who blocks out all competitors only to release a hardly usable app in their overpriced smartphone.
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    uglynerdman , October 19, 2012 4:03 PM
    what?! over 9000?!
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    rohitbaran , October 19, 2012 4:11 PM
    A number not to be proud of I guess.
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    mrmaia , October 19, 2012 4:23 PM
    Well, at least Mozilla devs work hard to fix all those bugs and deliver a better free product to everyone, not to mention most of those bugs aren't critical anyway. It's completely different from another company, who blocks out all competitors only to release a hardly usable app in their overpriced smartphone.
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    apple_120 , October 19, 2012 5:22 PM
    @rohitbaran, not quite what you think...

    Mozilla tracks _ALL_ modifications in their bugzilla tracking system. So this is not just problems but also enhancements.

    This also tracks work as diverse as creating new webpages, submitting and implementing standards and outreach to various websites.

    It is simply a way for an organization that is extremely diffuse around the world to keep track of all the work going on. Truely impressive!
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    jhansonxi , October 19, 2012 5:51 PM
    apple_120This also tracks work as diverse as creating new webpages, submitting and implementing standards and outreach to various websites.
    +1
    I have submitted bug reports about Mozilla/Firefox not working with some web sites due to bad HTML or scripting. Many bugs are duplicates and some bugs only affect a specific user due to conflicting programs on their system (like malware).
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    svdb , October 19, 2012 7:49 PM
    It
    rohitbaranA number not to be proud of I guess.
    It only matters how many bugs you fix, compared to how many are opened each period of time. One of the important metrics in software development is velocity, not quantity.
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    rohitbaran , October 19, 2012 8:22 PM
    apple_120@rohitbaran, not quite what you think...Mozilla tracks _ALL_ modifications in their bugzilla tracking system. So this is not just problems but also enhancements.This also tracks work as diverse as creating new webpages, submitting and implementing standards and outreach to various websites.It is simply a way for an organization that is extremely diffuse around the world to keep track of all the work going on. Truely impressive!

    Oh, then it is indeed impressive.
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    A Bad Day , October 19, 2012 9:38 PM
    Two ways of improving a software:

    1. Take the users' complaints seriously, and fix the bugs ASAP.

    2. Deny. Deny. Deny.
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2012 12:26 AM
    I don't know is this something to brag about?
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    pjmelect , October 20, 2012 12:59 AM
    Why is it that all of the bugs I have seen with Firefox have never been fixed? I started reporting some of them but got little feedback so I don't bother any more.
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    chewy1963 , October 20, 2012 1:38 AM
    This last release (16.1) seems pretty buggy, especially handling Flash but in other ways too. Much buggier (is that a word?) than the 15.x series. It's getting so I have to use Chrome more and more because of it.
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    guardianangel42 , October 20, 2012 5:19 PM
    I switched to IE and Chrome for most of my browsing. I prefer Chrome from a usability standpoint, especially when closing multiple tabs, but it's made by Google, which basically means everything I do is being tracked and combined with marketing to better "target" my particular flavor of "never clicks on ads".

    I don't like Firefox to be honest. Chief reason (before I spent enough time to figure it out) was its separation of the search and address bar and it's apparent inability to change the address bar's search engine. Now that I've figured that stuff out, I basically don't use it out of habit.