A nice demo from ALERT
ALERT is an EU funded project to provide tools to improve bug tracking (and general community monitoring) in free software communities. KDE is involved as a partner and Dario and myself are subcontracted to the project to provide input on the requirements of large free software organisations such as KDE.
The project is now well into its second year and the software is starting to come together. A few demo videos of components in various states of readiness have been uploaded to the project website, but I particularly wanted to share a nice one about finding bug duplicates. We all know that duplicate reports can be a big problem and one of the promises of ALERT is to make it easier to find the duplicates, tidy up our bugzilla and help developers get on with the more important stuff: fixing bugs and writing new features.
f you have Flash enabled, you should see the video above (unfortunately there isn’t a free format version at present). UPDATE: Theora versions are appearing on the ALERT website now. You might need to click through to my blog if you’re reading on the planet. It’s best viewed full screen to see what’s going on. The duplicate matching code is being worked on, but has shown some promising results so far.
There’s plenty more to do – our next meeting of ALERT is in early July where we’ll be spending some time making sure that the software meets the end user (free software community) needs. I’ll report back on the progress after that.