[Mageia-discuss] Suggestions

David W. Hodgins davidwhodgins at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 10:07:25 CEST 2010

On Sun, 24 Oct 2010 02:08:18 -0400, Thomas Backlund <tmb at iki.fi> wrote:

> You dont need to find the packager...
> Just enter a bug (enhancement) report and BugZilla and it will know...
> (and if bugzilla is way off, Triage will assign it...)
> Thats all that is needed...

I wish that were true.  Actual bug reports,  ...

Reported almost two years ago.  Still present in Mandriva.
Minor, cosmetic bug, but still a bug.

Reported in 2010.1 alpha 1.  Still present in final release.

I've participated in the testing of every release, since mdk 10.

During the alpha/beta testing of 2010.1, I gave up testing, and
reporting bugs.  In my opinion, the primary goal of those tests
should be getting the installer working correctly.  All other
bugs can be be fixed, by updates.  Only one of the bugs I reported
on the alpha 1 installer was fixed before the actual release.

Every time I spent 26 hours downloading the installation dvd, after
alpha 1, and testing the install, seemed like a complete waste of
my time.  I will not participate in Mandriva alpha/beta testing
anymore, due to this.

I'm hoping Mageia will place a much higher priority on getting
the installer right.  I do understand, that it will likely have
very few developers assigned to it, as most will be busy getting
all of their other packages ready, but really, it goes into the
iso that gets released, and can not be fixed by updates.  It
should be the highest priority part of the distribution.

Any problems with the installer will not be fixable, till the
next release.

I'm also hoping you will not take this as a personal insult.  I
was frustrated enough by the above, that I was already looking
for a better distribution, when Mageia was announced.  I'm sure
whoever was responsible for the installer, was doing the best
they could, with their workload on other packages, but it does
get annoying, when bugs, that clearly should be high priority,
do not get fixed.  Replying to your message above, seemed like
a good opportunity, to let out this rant.

As to your actual message, bug reports don't always work, and
when they don't, the users get very frustrated.

Regards, Dave Hodgins

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