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Re: really attracting developers

From: Nikolaus Waxweiler
Subject: Re: really attracting developers
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 21:43:51 +0200
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On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 12:05:48 +0200, Rogelio Serrano <address@hidden> wrote:

Whats keeping other developers from gnustep?
One thing might be that GNUStep-related stuff is somewhat disorganized. Documentation, for example, is scattered across the normal homepage, the wiki, http://gnustep.made-it.com/ and maybe others, and is sometimes even incomplete. The wiki feels kind of empty, underattended and stump-y. The application page references the GWorkspace guide but not the one for GNUMail (http://gnustep.made-it.com/Guides/GNUmail.html). There's no quick link for SVN access in the developers section, something that stumps me every time. Bug reports are stored at savannah.gnu.org, including the old but still intact CVS repo, while the new SVN repo is at gna.org. And so on.

Some of these might be minor annoyances, but they add up, at least for me. Why not move everything, except the SVN repo and bug reports, to the wiki and make that the actual homepage? Additions, updates to, and discussions of guides and other information would be greatly eased, since people other than the maintainers can contribute quickly. A very quick look at the build guide suggests that it could be split up nicely to fit in. Snapshots of the documentation could then be included in releases and with some scripting work, you could possibly synchronize the API documentation in the wiki with the source and maybe vice-versa. Plus, a wiki is searchable without Google.

Oh, while I'm day-dreaming about documentation, Yavor Doganov brought up "Project Mallard" (http://www.gnome.org/~shaunm/quack/mallard.xml) on the GNUMail ML. This would get along nicely with wikis me thinks.

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