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> From: László Monda <laci@xxxxxxxx>
> To: Miguel Angel Ajo Pelayo <miguelangel@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: KiCad Developers <kicad-developers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:01 AM
> Subject: Re: [Kicad-developers] GITHUB_PLUGIN
> I may be joining too late but having some ideas.
> First of all let me just say that I'm in love with this concept.  I
> consider GitHub to be the most robust and fertile software ecosystem
> of our days.  Leveraging it could be hugely productive as opposed to
> invent a whole new platform.  (I have no problems with new platforms
> but the amount of work needed to create them is quite daunting.)
> The core mindset of the ideas below is that as much as possible GitHub
> could be used as the storage backend.  This comes pretty naturally to
> me given my lack of desire to operate servers ;)
> * There could be an (almost empty, skeleton) official KiCad library repository.
> * Everyone wanting to be aggregated could fork this repository and
> populate it with parts.
> * The ranking of such aggregated repositories could be computed based
> on the number of their stars and forks.
> * Naturally, pull requests could be sent by others to fix parts.
> On a somewhat related note I'm wondering why KiCad isn't hosted on
> GitHub.  Given the popularity of GitHub it could give the project
> better visibility and let's not even speak about the ultimate joy of
> how easy it is to merge pull requests.

KiCAD has changed homes a few times with launchpad being the latest.  Since it is currently on launchpad I can't imagine any serious developer wanting to waste time migrating it (and especially the commit logs) unless there is something seriously wrong with bzr (which there isn't as far as I know). I prefer git but the project uses bzr, so I use bzr. With my clients I'm frequently forced to use svn and I curse endlessly, but if that's the VCS that they use that's their business. I've seen projects die because there were too many silly people fighting over their favorite VCS and wasting time moving the code from host to host.

I don't see how hosting on github will make the project any more visible than hosting on launchpad. KiCAD is certainly well known in the *NIX community.  I can't speak for MSWin users.

- Cirilo