Chris Winters has written a “good review of his experiences”: using Jira on his “weblog”: :

_So after submitting an “issue request”: for Hibernate and being immediately impressed with how easy it was to use. (Just an example of how amazingly smart it is to give free services to opensource projects…) So I signed up for a download and grabbed the standalone version. Talk about a great out of box experience! Just unpack it, fire up a batch file and it’s up and running — sweet!_
_After playing with it for a few hours, this is one of those all-too-rare applications where everything works like you think it should. Even a relatively complicated task like pointing Jira at a POP3 mailbox to collect issue comments was trivial._

Chris Winters reviews Jira