[kde-community] Official KDE mirror on github

Jos van den Oever jos at vandenoever.info
Mon Aug 17 08:10:17 UTC 2015

On Monday 17 August 2015 09:16:02 Martin Sandsmark wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 12:35:09PM +0530, Bhushan Shah wrote:
> > In my opinion first two are too wrong arguments to begin with.. If our
> > repositories can not be found from outside then it requires
> > improvement from our side. Putting source code on Github is not going
> > to solve this problem.
> I don't think improving discoverability of our own infrastructure and
> putting mirrors of our code on Github are mutually exclusive. I think both
> will improve our "visibility" so to speak.
> > Even if people will use github to search projects eventually they will
> > have
> > to use our infrastructure to contribute.
> In my opinion all of our projects should have a short description about how
> and where to send us their patches, even if we don't push things to Github.
> If we ensure that our git repositories can be found via search engines
> people still need to know how to contribute.

Agree. This is a good idea regardless of mirroring on GitHub.

A mandatory preamble in the README.md for each KDE project could go something 
like this:

$name is a [KDE](https://www.kde.org/) project. The source code for $name can 
be found at [$git.kde.org/$name](https://$git.kde.org/$name). KDE welcomes you 
to [join KDE](https://community.kde.org/Get_Involved) and contribute to $name. 
You can report [issues and wishes]($git.kde.org/$name]
<img style="float: right;" src="images/kdelogo.png" alt="KDE logo"/>

In this way, even if our repos are not completely indexed, the pagerank will 
increase a lot.

> And I think lowering the threshold for people to contribute in general is
> also something that should be done (and is being worked on already), and is
> a bit separate from this thing about mirroring stuff on Github.
> > And about people being surprised that our code is not on Github, it is
> > really clear that Github is _not_ standard place to get open source
> > software.
> We might think so, but I don't think the rest of the world agrees.
> > So, In short IMO there is nothing wrong with having Github mirror but
> > that should be read-only and we should have real reason to do it.
> > Currently sysadmins are reworking our git infrastructure. So lets wait
> > little bit and see how it goes and then think of this.
> Yeah, I agree that the reworking of our own infrastructure should be
> prioritized, and we should disable the pull requests, bug reporting, etc.
> for everything we put on github.

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