[sword-devel] New bug tracking system

chrislit at crosswire.org chrislit at crosswire.org
Mon Sep 27 15:25:41 MST 2004

I'm pretty wary of our using & depending on commercial software.  I think 
it's sort of antithetical to our purposes.  If we believe free & open 
source software come from an inherently better software development model, 
I think we ought to use FOSS.  Even if we don't think the model is 
necessarily superior, I think we should at least acknowledge that it has 
certain advantages (namely the ability to modify and fix code to our 
purposes) that are absent from commercial software like this.  In part, I 
guess I can't see what is advantageous about JIRA, in comparison to 
Bugzilla or Jitterbug, both of which were suggested.

That said, I can live with using JIRA if the powers that be really think 
it is a good thing.  But be aware of the fact that we're now depending on 
a program made by company that has welded the hood shut and that is likely 
to go out of business long before we do.

And THAT said, I do highly, highly oppose advertising for this project. 
That objection in only amplified by their being commercial.  We already 
have a policy of not advertising for non-CrossWire projects (Palm Bible 
Plus being the one exception because we don't serve the Palm community... 


On Sun, 26 Sep 2004, Joe Walker wrote:

> Hi,
> Troy and I have setup a new bug tracking system on Crosswire:
> http://www.crosswire.org/bugs/
> It is an installation of Jira which is commercial but free to some OSS
> projects and way better than Bugzilla from the testing we did in
> J-Sword.
> Troy has set projects up for the C++ side:
> - BibleCS
> - QPSword
> - SwordReader
> - SwordWeb
> And I've done similar for the Java/J-Sword side.
> I've attached a .zip that Atlassian (the makers of Jira) sent me with
> the following:
>> Thank you for choosing Atlassian to assist in your open source efforts. If
>> you would like to acknowledge our contribution (as a corporate sponsor, for
>> example) I have attached a zip file containing images, a URL and some
>> company text which will assist in doing so. Your are under no obligation to
>> do this of course. You can help us spread the word about JIRA just by
>> telling your friends and colleagues too
>> Good luck with your open source project!
>> Cheers,
>> Mandy Farquhar
> Given that they've given us several thousand pounds worth of software,
> support and maintenence for free this doesn't sound like too much to
> ask!
> Troy has spend a good deal of time sorting out the database so he
> deserves our thanks for that.
> Joe.

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