Bug Tracking With The Help Of An Entomologist

I like to think of myself as being fairly consistent, and I’ve had one request for a long time, a desktop bug tracker client. I even asked  if someone more adept in the ways of The Code could help. Unfortunately my call for help wasn’t heard :-(

That was until HackWeek VI  came along! Luckily Matt Barringer (from those crazy cooks in the SUSE Studio team) heard my call. He picked up his code machine gun and blasted away o/

A few days after HackWeek VI ended he enlightened me to his new masterpiece – Entomologist.  So what is it? As you may have guessed, it is a desktop bug tracker client.  It’s cutely written in Qt, isn’t final yet (is any software?) but works fairly well.  Why only fairly well? Simples, it only supports Bugzilla at the minute, but there are plans afoot to add others (please see the ToDo list). Once more bug backends are added it will be great (yes, this is a subtle hint for you to contribute code ;-) ). It is being put forward as one of the GSOC projects so fingers crossed ;-)

Of course you need some obligatory screenshots, so feast your eyes :-)

Entomologist on the desktop

Seeing your bugs on the desktop


Seeing your bugs on the move

Seeing your bugs on the move.


Yes that’s right, entomologist works on Android!! Sure the UI is a bit butt ugly on the platform, but the app works ;-)

I’ll do a post on how I ported entomologist to Android shortly, it wasn’t too difficult.

So if you want to give it a whirl, then head over to the homepage and choose your flavour of openSUSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Ubuntu or Debian (thanks OBS)


For those that want to minimise the number of clicks the list of repos are:

.deb packages are also provided: