[sd] SD: release status? Debian package status? future plans?
spang at MIT.EDU
Tue Apr 5 15:06:51 EDT 2011
[summary: some things are changing; let's get things rolling
again! see below for details!]
On Sat, Apr 02, 2011 at 11:35:12AM +0100, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> I noticed that I'm using a fairly old version of SD, specifically, 0.74,
> as packaged in Debian. It seems to have been released over a year ago.
> There's been quite a lot of development activity since.
Yes, you're absolutely right!
> I would prefer to not have to update SD manually. Is there a release
> about to happen soon? Will the Debian package be updated at the same
> time? Are there any plans for doing frequent (monthly? quarterly?)
> releases in the future?
Here's a goal I think I can stick to: there will be a
release by the end of the month. I've been updating the
Debian packages when I update the CPAN release; both are
quite out-of-date right now.
As Jesse just announced on the Prophet list, I'm formally
taking over leadership of the project.
I have a number of changes I want to make, with the goal of
lowering the barrier to contribution:
- Moving the code and website off of Best Practical's
servers. Not because Best Practical hasn't been a great
home, but just because using their infrastructure makes it
difficult to give arbitrary folks commit access.
- Making more frequent releases. At least quarterly, but
maybe more often? It depends on how things pan out.
- Improving our documentation. Yeah. I'm going to get
together with Jesse to work through some of Prophet's more
gnarly internals to get a better understanding of them
when he's back in the country.
Lars, I'd like to move the Prophet/SD website to
branchable.com. Would you consider giving us free hosting
I've gotten started here:
Anyone and everyone, please help move existing content from
http://syncwith.us/ over to the new site! We'll transfer the
domain name once things are looking good. You don't need to
be a programmer to help out with the website, and it's
If you want commit access to the website git repository (so
you can edit not-from-the-web), send me your SSH public key.
For the code, I'd like to move to gitorious.org. I've gotten
started here: http://gitorious.org/prophet
If you'd like commit access to prophet/sd, if you've made a
commit before, send me your SSH key and I'll add you right
away. If you haven't, send me a patch and if it looks good
or good-with-minor-changes, I'll add you too.
My philosophy going in is going to be to minimize barriers
to getting people involved; we can take a step back and make
things more structured later if it seems like things aren't
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