The Joel Test

Kris wonders if “The Joel Test” applies to OpenSource Projects. He took KDE as an example that reaches quite high points on the Joel Test because of it’s strong focus on releases.
Mela pointed out that the BSDs are also focused on releases. I tried the test on FreeBSD and got only 6 points. The most interesting question is No. 6 “Do you fix bugs before writing new code?”. Per coincidence, during last weeks debate about bugtracking software on the developers Mailinglist, I suggested that the RE team puts a stronger focus on the Bug numbers. Take a look at this chart and you can see, what I mean: 1250 reported Kernel Bugreports are just unmanagable.
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