Yes, it’s here again, the April Fools’ Day! If you don’t have your own plans already, let me propose one for you – participate on the ABRT test day!
ABRT is a tool that helps reporting program crashes with a few simple mouse clicks. It is a significant part of Fedora operating system and its functionality is important for almost every Fedora user.
Are you curious what have ABRT developers prepared for you on the Fool’s Day? Do you want to know what surprises are awaiting you? Then you should come and see for your own eyes!
Help us make ABRT perfect on May 1st from 11:00 to 21:00 UTC! Visit: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2010-04-01_ABRT
PS: This is *not* a joke 🙂
Some time ago I reported a bug that recordmydesktop (my favorite desktop recorder) had stopped working properly. Because of last libtheora update regarding bitrate settings the software now produced videos with broken framerate. Unfortunately the upstream maintainer is clearly unresponsive, so this bug had to be fixed on the Fedora level (thanks Gregory Maxwell). That’s not optimal, but at least it works now.
It has been some time since the fix appeared in Fedora and I quite forgot about it, until I had received a faintly familiar package update in Ubuntu on my home computer:
To my pleasant surprise, it was the same fix that we did in Fedora that now landed in Ubuntu. The links even mention my original report in Red Hat Bugzilla.
And why do I write all this? No particular reason. I am just very happy that collaboration is in the very heart of the opensource projects, as compared to the proprietary ones. And I wanted to share with you the warm feeling that my single bug report have had positive impact not only for Fedora users, but also for users of other distributions.
Opensource still works 🙂 Don’t hesitate to report bugs, it’s worth it.