For all of the cool things that Ubuntu has done, their lack of quality control is astonishing and baffling. They’re better at innovating excuses than actually responding to bug reports. This is the latest fun example, “Bug #145805 in aumix, https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/aumix/+bug/145805 “. The binary Aumix package was built incorrectly for Gutsy, so it doesn’t work. Rebuilding it from sources fixes it. So does the crack Ubuntu team leap into action? Yes, but not to fix it….
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This is the response to the bug report:
“This bug was nominated for Gutsy but does currently not qualify for a 7.10 stable release update (SRU) and the nomination is therefore declined.
“According the the SRU policy, the fix should already be deployed and tested in the current development version before an update to the stable releases will be considered. With 7.10 now released, that policy applies to this bug. See: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StableReleaseUpdates .
“The bug is not being closed as work will continue on fixing it for the next release, Hardy Heron (8.04). If the state of this bug should change such that it qualifies for the SRU process, please contact the person who originally declined it and ask them to re-evaluate it.”
Well isn’t that special! I can’t remember the last time I read such an elegant, irritating kiss-off. Oh wait, yes I can- it was in another Ubuntu bug report. Sometime back Canonical made a big deal about hiring a Quality Assurance Czar, or some such. I must admit, their excuses for not fixing bugs are high-quality- correct spelling and grammar, and a perfect opaque bureaucratic tone. Well done! Kids, keep sending in those bug reports, because… um, because… well, I’m sure there’s a good reason. Or actually, no, I guess there isn’t.