Python to use a non open source bug tracker?

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Tue Oct 3 20:15:42 CEST 2006

Fredrik Lundh wrote:
> Robert Kern wrote:
>>> Does this smell "Bitkeeper fiasco" to anyone else than me?
>> No.
> that's just not true.  lots of people have voiced concerns over using 
> closed-sourced stuff originally designed for enterprise-level Java users 
> for an application domain where Python has several widely used agile 
> alternatives to chose from.
> if they hadn't done so, there probably wouldn't have been an evaluation 
> period in the first place.

Sure. But what's the similarity to the fiasco part of the BitKeeper fiasco? 
There's no silly non-compete agreement. The client is a generic web browser so 
everyone can play. One of the charges of the committee was to make sure that the 
data could be extracted easily (something the semi-open Sourceforge didn't do so 
well) such that moving would be reasonable should the JIRA folks decided to take 
their ball away.

I didn't mean to trivialize concerns about about JIRA in particular or 
proprietary systems in general, but using poor analogies as a rhetorical club 
seems ill-advised.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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