This is a talk at the LinuxChix miniconf, from 11:50–12:30 on Tuesday 16 January 2007 by Akkana Peck.

HTML slides are available.

One of the oft-mentioned benefits of open source is the ability for users to fix bugs themselves, which may leave people who aren't programmers feeling left out. But with standard linux tools, tracking down a bug in common Linux programs may be easier than you think.

I will discuss the process of describing and narrowing down a bug, searching the source code to pinpoint the problem, then either fixing the bug, or filing a detailed report which will help developers in finding a fix, using simple examples taken from popular open source programs such as GIMP and Mozilla. The focus will be on what a non programmer can do when confronted by a bug or similar software problem.

Miniconfs/Linuxchix/Schedule/Talks/BugFixing (last edited 2007-01-17 05:36:18 by hypatia)

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