Subject: Re: bug lists
From: Keith Bostic <bostic@bsdi.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 10:23:12 -0400 (EDT)

> From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <jsshapiro@earthlink.net>
>
> One of the commonly stated goals of Open Source has been enabling
> third-party support.
>
> If this is a goal, does it make sense to requrie that the bug
> database(s) be publicly accessable?

I don't think it's practical.

There are some real interesting liability issues (HP's
lawyers refused to allow them to release detailed bug
information to CERT, for example).

In addition, bug reports would have to be sanitized to avoid
releasing company confidential information, which is difficult
and error-prone.

--keith