OSS and the Many Eyes theory

Just got a flurry of mail today regarding some bugs I posted against a cross-platform open-source GUI toolkit that's pretty widely used.

I posted the bug in March of 2003.

Today, it's January, 2007.

The original bug? Well, under Windows, modal dialogs get assigned an owner window. This makes it so that clicking on the owner window brings the modal dialog to the foreground, disables message handling in the underlying window, etc etc. This framework wasn't doing it right, and so the window would end up attached to the wrong thing.

Pretty easy to fix, to be honest. MSDN covers it right here:


Oh well. 4 years. I guess it was low on their priority list, not being a Linux bug and all.

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Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

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