Bugzilla is an open-source tool used to track bugs and issues of a project or a software. It helps the developers and other stakeholders to keep track of outstanding problems with the product.
It was written by Terry Weissman in TCL programming language in 1998.
Later, Bugzilla was written in PERL and it uses the MYSQL database.
Bugzilla can be used as a Test Management tool since it can be easily linked with other test case management tools like Quality Centre, ALM, Testlink, etc.
Bugzilla provides a powerful, easy to use solution to configuration management and replication problems.
It can dramatically increase the productivity and accountability of an individual by providing a documented workflow and positive feedback for good performance.
Most commercial and defect-tracking software vendors charged enormous licensing fees in the starting days of Bugzilla. As a result, Bugzilla quickly became a favorite among the open-source users, due to its genesis in the open-source browser project with Mozilla. It is now the most precious defect-tracking system against which all the others are measured.
Bugzilla puts the power in an individual’s hand to improve the value of business while providing a usable framework for natural attention to detail and knowledge store to flourish.
Bugzilla has many keys as well as advanced features, which makes it unique. Following is a list of some of Bugzilla’s most significant features −
Bugzilla is powerful and it has advanced searching capabilities.
Bugzilla supports user configurable email notifications whenever the bug status changes.
Bugzilla displays the complete bug change history.
Bugzilla provides inter bug dependency track and graphic representation.
Bugzilla allows users to attach Bug supportive files and manage it.
Bugzilla has integrated, product-based, granular security schema that makes it more secure.
It has complete security audit and runs under the Perl’s taint mode.
Bugzilla supports a robust, stable RDBMS (Rational Data Base Management System) back end.
It supports Web, XML, E-Mail and console interfaces.
Bugzilla has a wide range of customized, user preferences features.
It supports localized web user interface.
Extensive configurability as it allows to be configured with other test management tools for a better user experience.
Bugzilla has a smooth upgrade pathway among different versions.
In the next chapter, we will discuss the prerequisites for installing Bugzilla.