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Re: Picking Up Shotwell Development
Yay! Maybe some blueprints linking to some mockups and how they should be
implemented would be helpful?
On Jan 24, 2014 8:13 PM, "Daniel Foré" <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hey Team,
> I’ve been talking to Jim Nelson (President of Yorba) about Shotwell for a
> while now and here’s the quick and dirty: Shotwell needs a new maintainer.
> Ubuntu has the Gallery app, Fedora has GNOME photos, and Yorba just doesn’t
> have the resources anymore to maintain Shotwell. Their focus is on Geary.
> So that pretty much leaves us or an unknown to take up the mantel.
> Jim seems really excited about the idea of Shotwell becoming a part of our
> community. He thinks we have the talent and the vision to bring it up to
> date and make it into a really great app. But there’s a small caveat: Yorba
> recently joined the GNOME development community. So officially, development
> is done in GNOME git and bugzilla and their wiki, etc. Which is obviously
> not ideal for us.
> Enter the solution: After some discussion with Jim, we think the best
> course of action is for elementary to fork Shotwell. I’ve taken the liberty
> of setting up a launchpad page for Pantheon Photos<https://launchpad.net/pantheon-photos>.
> It is currently maintained by elementary-apps team, but I think we’ll want
> to create a Pantheon Photos team as Jim wants to stay in the loop on
> development, but we don’t want to spam him with all the other elementary
> apps stuff.
> Firstly, I know that this is a big responsibility to take on. I think as a
> community, we can do it. Having Photos in launchpad and under the umbrella
> of the elementary apps team will allow us a lot more freedom for casual
> involvement with the code base. Not to mention, Jim has already stated that
> he is available to answer anyone’s questions or give guidance regarding how
> Shotwell’s code is structured, things to watch out for, etc.
> I think this is going to be a really positive move for our photos app and
> I’m looking forward to working with all of you on building a really great
> Photos experience in elementary OS.
> Best Regards,
> Daniel Foré
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