Hi everyone, I'm new here and looking to contribute to Emacs and
One issue which I think is important is the move to a new VC system,
e.g. Gitlab. I started reading the relevant threads and I'm not sure
where the issue stands today. Let me recap the benefits:
- The need for new people to join the community and help. Newer
(younger) people will be more familiar with the newer VC platforms
(github/lab and similar). These are not only developers but regular
users who want to report an issue (bug) or suggest a feature.
Lowering the bar for participation is the key to growing Emacs and
- Having the code + issues + discussions in the same place as opposed
to now, where the code and discussions (lists) are in 3 different
places (Savannah, Gnu mailing lists and Gnu bug tracker). With a
modern VC system, one can jump easily between issues, discussions,
code commits back and forth easily as opposed to now, where if it's a
bug you can use its number to search lists and commits messages but
if it's a discussion, it's not "connected" to anything.
- Being able to use Emacs for all these needs. One way is being able to
interact with the VC system using emails, i.e. issues, features,
discussions should have a nice and efficient email interface in
addition to using a website. Another approach is using the wonderful
Magit and Forge packages. Forge currently is lacking the discussions
feature but has a very good git + pull-requests + org-mode
- Changing processes, how people operate. Whether it's the technical
aspect of a pull-request approval vs. patch submission to the more
conceptual change of dealing with "issues" representing bugs, ideas,
feature requests or general discussions instead of mailing lists.
These changes shouldn't be too disruptive. However I do believe a
small price has to be paid in order to go from one local minima of
effort in a given practice to another, hopefully better local minima.
Does this describe well the current situation?
What areas need attention in order to facilitate the change?
Thanks for any feedback.