The Cooperative Bug Isolation Project 16

Computers aren’t supposed to crash, but they do. But why does the software work just fine for your office mate? What’s going wrong when the software crashes?

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Bug Isolation Project
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The Bug Isolation Project (CBI) is a research effort designed to answer these questions.

We distribute specially modified versions of popular open source software packages. These special versions monitor their own behavior while they run, and report back how they work (or how they fail to work) in the hands of real users like you.

Each crash tells us a little bit more about how things can go wrong. When the software works just fine, that tells us how things are supposed to work. Thus, every time you use the software, you are helping us track down bugs. Even if you’ve never written a line of code in your life, you can help make things better for everyone simply by using our special bug-hunting packages.

The monitoring is transparent and low overhead; you should not notice any difference at all in application behavior or performance. Furthermore, the entire system is engineered to protect your privacy and ensure the security of the data we collect from start to finish.

Last updated on November 10th, 2011

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