If you want some stats on the scale of the Fedora 7 bugs Dave Jones is
talking about, refer
"Bug reporting is a priority of the kernel developers. Responding to
prompting by lead kernel integrator Linus Torvalds 3 years ago, they
began worrying less about catching each bug and more about incorporating
changes in each iteration of the kernel. Let the larger community help
detect and correct bugs, was the thinking at the time, several
The practice ran into a response last year from Dave Jones at Red Hat,
who said he feared the number of bugs in the 2.6.21 kernel was going to
lead to problems as it became part of Red Hat's community Linux, Fedora.
"I was incredibly nervous" about the shipping Fedora 7, he recounted
yesterday, and in a blog on June 7 last year he acknowledged the reason
he was nervous: "Looking at the first round of bugs that came in during
the week after F7's release, it's pretty horrific." "