Till Maas opensource at
Sat Sep 25 13:13:02 UTC 2010

On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 09:48:34AM -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:

> Say you ship with 50 bugs in a package.  As you update it through the
> lifetime of a release, that number should decrease more or less
> monotonically.  The bugs that take longest to fix are presumably the
> hardest ones to fix, and thus the ones that either require significant
> rewrites (and become out of scope for an update release), or won't get
> fixed at all.  So it's really just describing what _happens_ naturally
> if you don't rebase all the time.

The bug number will probably decrease, but this does not meant that the
lifetime of a release is long enough to fix them all or even to find
them all. E.g. if 5 bugs are fixed every month, you will still have the
same rate of updates for 10 months, unless you just delay updates even
if the bugs could already be fixed. And also usually not all bugs are
known when at the beginning of the release.

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