[kde-community] Official KDE mirror on github

Martin Graesslin mgraesslin at kde.org
Mon Aug 17 07:01:23 UTC 2015

On Monday, August 17, 2015 08:57:24 AM Martin Sandsmark wrote:
> Hi!
> Just to preface this a bit; I argued pretty vehemently against doing this
> some time ago on IRC (like, years ago I think), so I hate myself a bit for
> agreeing with you here.

I know how you feel and I hate myself also for having written the mail in the 
first place :-(

> On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 07:46:44AM +0200, Martin Graesslin wrote:
> > Whether we like it or not, github has become a place to look for free
> > software nowadays and if you are not on github your software just doesn't
> > exist. Given that we can say KDE doesn't produce source code because we
> > are not on github.
> I still don't like the Github UI personally, and I think the behavior it
> encourages wrt. pull requests and whatnot is bad, but I agree with you that
> open source code (whether it is free software isn't important in this
> context) doesn't really "exist" for a growing amount of developers if it
> isn't on github.
> I guess you could say that Github is the biggest marketing platform for open
> source today.
> > I suggest that we:
> > * introduce an official mirror for all KDE repositories on github
> > * replace all existing (non-official) clones
> > * disallow pull-requests on github to not replace our development model by
> > a proprietary platform.
> I agree with this, and fwiw for the last point I find the way pull requests
> are done on Github to be bad in general (for once I agree with Linux
> Torvalds).
> We also need to ensure that the README files for as many as possible of the
> projects we push to Github have a short but prominent notice about where and
> how people can send patches for review.
> As for some more practical aspects, I think it makes sense to contact this
> person and ask politely if we could have the name: https://github.com/kde
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