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It’s time for me to leave the Bugzilla project

"Everything that has a beginning has an end". I joined the Bugzilla project in August 2004 (already 9 years ago) and fixed more than 1600 bugs (including a few bugs in Bonsai, Doctor and Testopia). I became an official reviewer in December 2004, only 4 months after my first contribution, and reviewed patches in more than 2000 bugs. I also got approval privileges in January 2007, meaning that I had the responsibility to grant/deny approval for the last 6.5 years, and approved no less than 1500 patches to be committed into the source code. I’m also the QA manager for the Bugzilla project since July 2005 and so I am responsible to make sure Bugzilla quality is good enough before each new release. That’s a lot of work, and takes a lot of my free time and energy.

In the last few months, my free time was pretty limited and so my contributions to the project were mostly to triage new bugs, set blockers for the next releases, approve (or reject) reviewed patches, and help fixing blockers and security bugs. But now that my free time increased a bit again, I realized that my motivation to write new patches, either bug fixes or new features, and my motivation to review patches in my too long review queue are gone. And to lead a project correctly (I’m actually an assistant project lead, the project lead being justdave), you need to put time and energy into it to not be the bottleneck in the development of the application. And so without enough motivation and energy anymore it’s time for me to resign my role as assistant project lead. This means that decisions about the direction Bugzilla should take no longer belong to me. So please stop marking bugs as WONTFIX because LpSolit (me) said he didn’t agree with such or such new feature; my opinion is no longer relevant. :)

Those who know me shouldn’t be too surprised by my decision. Two years ago, I was very close from taking the same decision. The only reason I didn’t was because mkanat left the Bugzilla project to go work for Google, and it wasn’t the right time to also leave the project. So I stayed involved two additional years to help with the release of Bugzilla 4.2 and 4.4, but now it’s really time for me to say goodbye. This also means you shouldn’t ask me to review your patches anymore. Those should be addressed to another reviewer (glob, dkl, justdave). I will keep my reviewer and QA manager hats for now, but really stop asking me for review (unless it’s a security or critical bug which requires my skills).

It was a really great and fantastic experience to work with other Bugzilla developers and contributors, and I wish all the best for the future of Bugzilla. :)

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  1. 8 juillet 2013 à 9:17  

    Thanks for all your hard work on Bugzilla over all those years!

  2. anonymous
    8 juillet 2013 à 11:16  

    I salute you!

  3. Dave Miller
    9 juillet 2013 à 4:54  

    I’ve said it elsewhere already but just wanted to say it publicly, too, thanks again for all your hard work over the years. As stretched as I’ve been for time myself it’s been a true godsend to have you picking up my slack the last few years.

  4. Raghu Kumar C
    9 juillet 2013 à 6:41  


    You were an iconic presence. I am sure the Bugzilla community will miss you. At times you were a bit stern, but I was sure you only had good intentions for Bugzilla and the community. I wish you the best in all your future endeavours.

    Thank you,

  5. Marc Schumann
    9 juillet 2013 à 9:06  

    Frédéric, thanks for your passion and patience, your presence will be felt for quite a while. You’ll be missed.

  6. Mark
    9 juillet 2013 à 1:19  

    Frédéric, I’ve been following bugzilla-dev since my company first installed Bugzilla in 2002, and one thing that has struck me in that time has been your continued commitment to the QA process. I know from experience that automating web UI tests is hard, and yet you have given Bugzilla a suite of automated tests and a genuine QA process that other open-source projects would do well to emulate. And so, even though you snarked at me in IRC the one time I submitted a patch, I honor and salute you. Enjoy your life wherever it takes you.

  7. 12 juillet 2013 à 10:55  

    Like Dave, I’ve said this elsewhere but here seems like a good place too: thank you very much for everything you’ve done. Bugzilla would not be nearly as good as it is today without your hard work.

  8. 15 juillet 2013 à 10:17  

    lpsolit, although contact in recent years has been rare, my interraction with you on QA work going back to several years has been fantastic. Thanks for your good work, and the great memories.

  9. 1 août 2013 à 6:36  

    We’ve not always seen eye-to-eye on issues, but thanks for everything you’ve done for Bugzilla@

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