KDE evaluating migration to GitLab

Michael Reeves reeves.87 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 14:04:43 GMT 2019

Hope it goes well kdiff3 is currently using gitlab's ci in addition to the
kde ci.

On Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 5:32 PM Neofytos Kolokotronis <neofytosk at posteo.net

> Hello everyone,
> we would like to inform all of you that a team consisting of the KDE
> sysadmin, e.V. board and onboarding goal members has been in talks with
> Gitlab about a possible migration of KDE from Phabricator (and perhaps
> other tools that can be replaced by it) to a self-hosted GitLab CE
> instance. Some further information can be found here:
> https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/issues/53206.
> We have been holding regular calls with Gitlab and the discussion has
> been going very well, with GitLab being very reactive to our questions
> and requests. The KDE e.V. members are kept up to date after every call.
> Thanks to the great work put in by sysadmin, we now have an initial
> setup of GitLab available for testing: https://invent.kde.org/ .
> Several KDE projects are currently helping us test the implementation
> and workflows. These have been chosen for being:
> - Small in number of contributors involved and not having complex and
> very large code repositories
> - Rather active (so they can test things), but not rely heavily on
> Phabricator or have regular deadlines to catch so their workflow doesn't
> break
> - Willing to go through the initial hurdles and help with testing and
> gathering feedback.
> The results of this evaluation are meant to eventually be released to
> the wider KDE community, along with a recommendation from the people
> involved. Where we go from there will depend on the outcome of the
> discussion this is meant to jump-start in an informed way.
> We tried to keep this under the radar until we had some solid feedback
> from the testing phase. The news however broke out recently on Reddit:
> 1.
> https://www.reddit.com/r/kde/comments/adnmd7/kde_is_considering_a_migration_to_gitlab/
> 2.
> https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/ado2c8/kde_is_considering_a_migration_to_gitlab/
> To avoid any confusion and misunderstandings, but most importantly to
> start the discussion within the wider KDE community, we thought it would
> be better to communicate this in a more official way to everyone.
> If you are new to GitLab the list of available features can prove
> helpful: https://about.gitlab.com/features/
> Here are some answers to the FAQs we received so far:
> - Why not use the GitLab Enterprise version?
>    KDE is commited to only using software under a FOSS license.
> - Why a new switch? We switched to Phabricator a few years ago.
>    We hope that GitLab will prove to offer a variety of features that
> will improve our workflow in the longt-erm and will lower the barrier
> for new contributors joining us.
> - Why GitLab and not another option?
>    We know there are other solutions available (gitea.io, sr.ht,
> pagure.io to name a few) but we chose GitLab as they have been working
> closely with other FOSS projects (including Debian, GNOME) and we hope
> they can offer us a feature-filled solution and a great partnership
> going forward.
> Feel free to ask any further questions here.
> Let's have a productive testing phase and discussion!
> Cheers,
> Neofytos
> on behalf of the team involved in the discussions
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