[kde-community] Official KDE mirror on github

Martin Steigerwald martin at lichtvoll.de
Sat Sep 19 11:24:32 UTC 2015


Am Samstag, 19. September 2015, 13:09:31 CEST schrieb Vishesh Handa:
> On Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 1:04 PM, Martin Steigerwald <martin at lichtvoll.de> 
wrote:
[…]
> > So you can argue for github.com: But its opt-in and only for some repos?
> > How do you make sure it doesn´t create pressure and expectancy that this
> > will be switched on for all the other repos if pull requests are enabled
> > in parts of the *official* KDE github.com mirror?
> > 
> > I do not see the Windows version of Krita creating any pressure for people
> > to switch to Windows. I certainly do not feel any pressure to do so.
> 
> How do you then feel pressured to use Github if most development happens on
> kde?

For bug triaging I answer: People report issues for the project I am helping 
to bug triage in. And while I certainly can ignore those, it creates bad 
reputation for the project, if no one else tends to the bug reports.

I think similar it goes for pull requests.

> > Thus I think its important to compare apples to apples and pears to pears.
> > 
> > Pull requests and probably bug reports on github.com affect the
> > development
> > process. Providing a Windows version of Krita does not, despite adding
> > some
> > portability to the codebase.
> 
> Testing and QA are important parts of creating a product. They most
> certainly are part of the "development process". Providing a Windows
> version of Krita does force me to install these tools if I wish to
> contribute to that part of Krita.

Vishesh, please: If you *wish* to contribute to that part of Krita, how can 
you be *forced* to use Windows?

If you are not interesting in the Windows version, you just ignore it.

I see only one kind of pressure that comes from a Windows version of Krita and 
that is some pressure to provide for portability. From a development point of 
view I see this as an advantage. It can even prevent platform lock-in.

Well okay, I know get your argument: If a user reports a bug on Windows, one 
can feel pressured to do something about it. Similar like with an issue 
provided on github.com. That said, I likely won´t feel pressured. Cause if 
there is a Windows team for Krita, I expect this team to handle Windows 
specific bug reports and likely would ignore them otherwise.

But still… there is *some* comparability. Yet, I still providing a Windows 
version of Krita is not the same as (partly) allowing pull requests on 
Github.com. I do  not have words for it at the moment, but I feel lot more 
reluctance about the latter than the former.

-- 
Martin



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