[arch-dev-public] Improving overall experience for contributors
arojas at archlinux.org
Wed May 24 12:04:06 UTC 2017
El Wed, 24 May 2017 13:08:18 +0200, Bartłomiej Piotrowski escribió:
> We are open source distribution with pretty much closed development
> model. It is unsustainable in the longer term. There are 413 orphan
> packages in our repositories (excluding i686), some of the out-of-date
> flags are unhandled since 2014.
And those are just the literally orphan ones. We have many more virtually
orphan packages due to some dev/TUs not giving signs of life for months,
even years. We do have a serious manpower issue, which I think it is
starting to affect the quality of the distribution (eg. several DEs are
currently unmaintained), and I don't see this getting any better with our
current recruiting model.
I do like the idea of having a 'trial period' of a couple of months for
new contributors, under the supervision of a mentor, in which they could
have access to svn but not to the repos, and perhaps move the voting to
the end of this period.
And yes, we need a central place to communicate our needs to potential
new contributors. Perhaps we could start with a wiki page until we set up
something more sophisticated?
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