This isn’t news anymore – it has been over a month – but it would be odd not to mention this all, so here it goes: at the start of May I’ve left Sun Microsystems and joined Monty’s company.
The setup at Monty Program AB is quite similar – we have an IRC channel (#maria on FreeNode), a mailing list, bazaar trees on launchpad, Worklog and a Buildbot installation. It’s actually more open than at Sun/MySQL. At Sun, everyone is on internal IRC, external public can only see a subset of Worklog (the biggest problem with it is that it’s not possible to subscribe to changes), and their Buildbot-like system (it’s called PushBuild and looks like this) is not visible to the outside public.
There are actually very good reasons why an external person might want to look at pushbuild. Everyone doing development (if you count Summer of Code students and engine developers, that’s a lot of people) or just trying to use the newest features will at some point want to get the latest source from bazaar repository. And the problem here is that the trees get broken every once in a while, and when you are pulling the sources from launchpad it is nice to know what you’re pulling. You can run the tests yourself, sure, but that takes time. And if you do take time to run the tests, then if you see a failure you won’t know if Sun/MySQL is aware of the problem, whether it is repeatable on any computer or you need to report your OS/compiler/configure flags/test run parameters and so forth and so forth.