Demo of new Bugzilla features and UX at April 3 project meeting

Our regular monthly project meeting video conference call for April will be Wednesday, April 3 at 8pm UTC / 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT.  We’re getting close (relatively) with Bugzilla 6 – currently estimating end of summer or early fall, and we’ll be having some live demos of some of the recent new features and user experience improvements in Bugzilla at this month’s meeting, so you won’t want to miss it.

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January Bugzilla Meeting will be January 9

Our regular meeting schedule dictates that our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 21:00 London Time.  Since the first Wednesday of January is the 2nd and a lot of people will still be on vacation then (and we’ll have issues getting resources for the meeting) we’ll be holding our January meeting on January 9th instead.  You can still find all the details at https://wiki.mozilla.org/Bugzilla:Meetings

The Upcoming events in the sidebar here will update to reflect that whenever WordPress’s cache expires.

Lots of Bugzilla 6 info and some questions for YOU!

Yesterday, we had our monthly project meeting, and did it panel-discussion style from the Mozilla AllHands meeting in Orlando, FL.  We ended up with quite an interesting discussion with lots of good info about Bugzilla 6, and some questions for users of Bugzilla (feel free to comment here with your answers!).  The recorded video is here:

Bugzilla Meeting live from Orlando

This month’s Bugzilla Project meeting coincides with the Mozilla Allhands in Orlando, and since most of our usual participants will be here in person we’ll be holding it panel-discussion style from the Europe 2 conference room on the Lobby level of the Dolphin at 4pm Eastern. Anyone who’s at the Allhands is welcome to come see us. Of course, it’ll still be streamed on Air Mozilla at 21:00 UTC as usual, and dial-in will be available for anyone remote who wants to talk or ask questions.  All the details (Sched link, Video stream links, dial-in info) is at https://wiki.mozilla.org/Bugzilla:Meetings

 

Happy 20th birthday, Bugzilla!

The open source release of Bugzilla turns 20 years old today!

The first two paragraphs lifted from our Bugzilla history:

When mozilla.org first came online in 1998, one of the first products that was released was Bugzilla, a bug system implemented using freely available open source tools. Bugzilla was originally written in TCL by Terry Weissman for use at mozilla.org to replace the in-house system then in use at Netscape. The initial installation of Bugzilla was deployed to the public on a mozilla.org server on April 6, 1998.

After a few months of testing and fixing on a public deployment, Bugzilla was finally released as open source via anonymous CVS and available for others to use on August 26, 1998. At this point. Terry decided to port Bugzilla to Perl, with the hopes that more people would be able to contribute to it, since Perl seemed to be a more popular language. The completion of the port to Perl was announced on September 15, 1998, and committed to CVS later that night.

20 years later, Bugzilla is still alive and kicking, and about to get a major facelift that’s about 10 years overdue.  I had really hoped to be announcing the release of Bugzilla 6 with this post, but we’re not quite there yet.  Dylan has been making great progress with the recent merges from bugzilla.mozilla.org, though, and I’m hopeful that we’ll have something that people can at least try out in the really near future. Realistically we’re a few months away from having a full release though.

Over the last 20 years we’ve had about 300 contributors to the Bugzilla code.  Here’s a few words from the very first one:

I am in complete shock and awe that Bugzilla has lasted this long. 20 years? Hardly any software lasts more than 5. I’m so very proud that it’s still going strong after these years.

20 years ago from tomorrow (on August 27th, 1998) I filed several bugs against Bugzilla, known problems that I thought would want to get fixed. I’m delighted to point out that one of these bugs <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=540> is STILL open. After all, you need long-living bugs if you’re going to have a long-living bug system!

— Terry Weissman

And that bug is finally about to get fixed. 🙂

Other exciting developments include running as a standalone daemon with Mojolicious and the multitude of user experience enhancements by BugzillaUX in the pipeline make the future look bright!

Here’s to the next 20 years!

Watch the June 6 Bugzilla Project Meeting

video of this meeting

  • Short meeting this week because Dylan is traveling and either in an airport or on a plane right now
  • Updates from Dave
    • As noted at previous meetings Mozilla is downsizing and trying to find external hosting for the Bugzilla Project which they’ll still pay for, they just want to get out of the hosting bussiness.
    • Bugzilla needs to exist as a separate legal entity from the Mozilla Foundation for purposes of contracting with a hosting company, so our current status is waiting on the legal work to get done to create a Bugzilla subsidiary of Mozilla Foundation.
    • The top condender for hosting right now is Linode. Other possibilities are OSUOSL and Eclipse (Emmanual reminded us of their offer)
    • https://landfill.bugzilla.org/ has been closed up – static page announcing that it’s closing will be in place until the end of July. Contact Dave if you need something retrieved from it before July.
  • Development updates:
  • Next meeting is scheduled for July 4th. Watch for announcements on social media channels closer to that date whether it’ll happen then or not (it’s a US holiday)

June 6 Project Meeting – new URL

For those that hadn’t already seen it, Air Mozilla is in the process of switching over to a new platform.  They’ve already discontinued posting new content on the old platform, and the new platform doesn’t have anonymous access available yet (but it’s coming at the end of June).  This means the old URL for watching our meetings live isn’t going to work this month.  Fortunately, public meetings on the new platform are mirrored to Youtube, so you’ll be able to watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7OC8CXMGyo

Of course, if you want to participate instead of just watch, feel free to join us using one of the methods on the wiki.

Today’s meeting will probably be short – Dylan is traveling and won’t be able to attend. The only thing currently on the agenda is an update on our hosting situation. If you have anything else you’d like to discuss, attend the meeting and ask!

See you there!


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