[Ironruby-core] IronRuby moving to Github
jdeville at microsoft.com
Mon Nov 24 19:05:46 EST 2008
The IronRuby project is a community project, and has contributors inside and outside of Microsoft. We have integrated the work of several external folks into the product (thanks!), and we are making rapid progress.
We'd like to try to make things easier. We'd like to not be in the way of community work on IronRuby; we'd like to give the community a little more ownership over this project. Ideally, we would all work out of the same repository, but this can't happen right now. However, we have some ideas to make things easier.
First, we're moving to Github. I'll be creating the Ironruby project on Github at http://github.com/ironruby/ironruby. This will be the same user on Github that we use for IronRuby-contribs, and our versions of RubySpec. The biggest upside of this is that anyone can fork IronRuby and work on it, and submit a pull request to get it integrated back into the main tree. However, we don't want to be in the way of accepting patches.
Next, we're going to institute a Linux-like system of Lieutenants. We're looking for people who are passionate and knowledgeable about the IronRuby project to take on this role. The goal of this system is to streamline the process, and make it easier for our external contributors to get code into IronRuby. We'd like to have Lieutenants who can take the patches and pull requests, code review them, and then commit them to their trees. Then we can pull these forks into our repository when we do pushes, and integrate it into one repo. Our hope is that we can be viewed as just one node in the tree, or ring. We shouldn't have to be the central repository; we're just one of the repositories.
Finally, we are going to be getting rid of the history in SVN, which for the most part is a bunch of commits saying "sync to the head of TFS." We are doing this to get a fresh start. The layout of the new Git repository is going to exactly match our internal layout. That makes maintaining the transforms from TFS to GIT much easier. It also will make things easier when talking about the locations of files.
We hope that these changes will make things easier for all of you.
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