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Re: ideas to improve patch and CI integration


Hi Thomas,

I like Gitlab, but it is a matter of taste and obviously the final word
belongs to Wayne. I think the main problem would be to transfer the bug
tracker and decide what to do regarding the mailing list.

Another point is a plan for a case when Gitlab turns evil. Currently
they offer Gold version to open source projects for free [1], but you
never know what will happen in a few years. Either we pay or host a
limited version (Community Edition) privately. I realize the same thing
may happen with Launchpad, the point is to decide whether we would be
satisfied with Gitlab Community Edition features.

You may also find insightful a discussion we head about moving KiCad
from Bazaar to Git [2].


1. https://about.gitlab.com/pricing/#gitlab-com
2. https://lists.launchpad.net/kicad-developers/msg25668.html

On 10/21/18 7:11 PM, Thomas Pointhuber wrote:
> Hi,
> I think this topic will have many different point of views, but I think
> it is important to discuss it anyway.
> I'm now about 5 years on the project, started as library maintainer and
> now sometimes with code contributions as well. I experienced at least a
> few different types of how software projects can be design of a
> management perspective to get work done.
> Currently, there is the time where many big organizations (GNOME and
> freedesktop.org for example) moved their development to custom GitLab
> instances. And I would like to propose to think about that for KiCad as
> well. Not because everyone does it, but because it would benefit the
> project itself. There are various reasons I can think of right now:
> * patches are sometimes simply forgotten on the mailing list
> * it is pretty hard to find old patches on the mailing list unless you
> have the e-mails stored on your account. You cannot search on launchpad
> * CI integration of patches is missing. People need to run them explicit
> before merging, or the automated build will fail at some point
> * getting CI runs for various systems requires explicit request due to
> missing automatization
> * no automated linter checks (would require us to reformat the project)
> * it's hard to track changes of patches, especially when modified,
> squashed,...
> * way better possibilities to view/edit/show history online
> * review tools on Launchpad are cumbersome and rarely used. This should
> be the standard in point of fact.
>   * easier to handle a proper review than with e-mail
> * easier to keep track how discussions evolved
> * the project is currently split between Launchpad and GitHub, this
> would allow us to combine all parts on one platform
> * GitLab would theoretically allow us add custom differs for library review
> * new contributors likely know GitHub/Gitlab workflow and can join more
> easily
> I know this is quite some heavy proposal due to change of workflow and
> bug-migration. Nevertheless, we should at least discuss it.
> PS: A college built a working GitLab CI script with export of build
> artifacts. GitLab integration of Jenkins would be possible as well.
> Regards,
> Thomas

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