Re: [Evolution] Evo bug squash?

Hello Andrew!

Thanks for raising this issue and for this "bug squash" initiative. I
agree with everything you said so far, in particular about treating open
source software like any other software engineering project;
unfortunately my time is very much limited, so I won't have time to
participate in the "bug squash" event.

On Wed, 2009-04-08 at 13:14 -0400, Andrew Montalenti wrote:
I've been thinking about a way I could take Art's advice and make my
criticism more constructive.  The only thing I can think of is by
volunteering my own time to organize a "bug squash" day for Evolution.

Such a "bug squash" may be useful to fix some of the low hanging fruits.
I'm less sure about the more fundamental aspects, like reimplementing
features that were removed when going to the SQLite based folder
summaries. This may require work that goes way beyond what can be done
in a weekend.

Is there already something like this scheduled?  If not, what's the best
way for me to organize it?  What wiki should I use?  (I notice one on and one on -- which one's better?)

I'm not that much into Evolution development, but as far as I know, is the Wiki used by the development team.

I'm not a formal evo developer, but have enough C, GTK+ and GObject
knowledge to hack around, albeit probably at a slower speed than
full-time GNOME hackers.  Anyone else who has software experience and
would have some time to volunteer to this?  I'm thinking it could be on
an upcoming weekend, to accomodate people's work schedules.

Also, what time zone are the core Evolution developers in?

The question is perhaps more fundamental: who are the core developers?
Who is still active and able to help when non-core developers prepare
patches? When I fixed some of the calendar issues last year, patch
review was often delayed considerably.

Perhaps it will be easier when GNOME and thus Evolution switch to git:
clone the source and then prepare a "community edition" with pending
patches that haven't been incorporated upstream yet.

On Wed, 2009-04-08 at 18:27 +0100, Pete Biggs wrote:
I suspect that the best thing all round is to take this to the
evolution-hackers list since this is primarily a users list.

The core developers definetely should be informed; I would hope that
they read this list. But I think chances to find new people who can work
on Evolution might be better here: users are the ones motivated to fix
problems because they still, well, *use* the software and there might be
some who are capable of helping but haven't joined the hackers list yet.

Bye, Patrick Ohly
Patrick Ohly gmx de

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