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Bug fixing in Gentoo: How we are performing

I've been playing with matplotlib and Gentoo bug numbers from the last ~6 month to be able to see how we are performing at fixing bugs lately. This is the current output: While I am surprised how many bugs we fix each day I am also shocked that each month almost 70 bugs go on top of the current pile. What else can we read from that graph? It seems Gentoo's users are willing to report bugs (which is cool) but its contributors cannot fully keep up with fixing them (which is less cool). I am presenting this graph today to suggest that:

  • Bugzilla stats have interesting things to tell
  • Fixing bugs could use more attention, manpower and a better process in Gentoo
  • The planned re-write of could play a keys role with improving the process
  • A Gentoo Google Summer of Code project could work on software to continuously extract detailed bug statistics for us
  • You can do neat plots using Python and matplotlib :-)

[EDIT] The source code to produce above graph is now available.