Re: [DRAFT] Modulesets Reorganization

Le mardi 01 juin 2010, à 12:57 +0100, Lucas Rocha a écrit :
> Hi all,
> Here's a new draft with the following changes:
> - Renamed 'Platform Extras' to 'Extended Platform'
> - Removed link to wiki page for now
> - Reworded the text about applications to make it more clear
>   that there will be no apps moduleset anymore.

I think we're good to go; hopefully, you're still awake and you can send
it :-)

One comment from fredp was that maybe we could kill the mobile moduleset
since the platfom will be cleaned up -- but since this requires more
discussion on mobile-devel-list, I suggest to not wait on this.


> ---------------------------------------------------
> Hi all,
> The release team would like to propose some important changes in the way we
> organize our modulesets. GNOME releases are currently organized into the
> following modulesets: Desktop, Platform, Bindings, Mobile, Admin, and Dev
> Tools. This model has served us well and has actually evolved through time - we
> didn't have the Admin and Dev Tools modulesets initially. However, we feel that
> this organization is reaching its limits, and we have explored several
> potential changes.
> Current issues
> --------------
> A set of issues makes it clear the need for an evolution here:
> 1. The arbitrary separation between Platform and Bindings can lead people to
> think that the bindings are second-class citizens while this is certainly not
> the case.
> 2. The Desktop moduleset has expanded so much that it's now unclear which type
> of application should go in and which shouldn't; it's also forcing us to choose
> one application over another, or to avoid any decision - like in the famous
> Rhythmbox vs Banshee case.
> 3. We strongly believe that we should encourage a strong ecosystem of apps
> around GNOME, and integrating all applications in the GNOME Desktop moduleset
> is not the best way to achieve this.
> 4. Some libraries should be used by developers even if the API/ABI guarantees
> are not as strong as our GNOME 2 Platform (e.g. GStreamer, e-d-s, and others).
> Such libraries should be labeled as such, obviously.
> Proposed (re)organization
> -------------------------
> With that said, the release team would like to propose the following
> reorganization of the modulesets:
> 1. The Desktop moduleset will only contain the components needed to get a
> desktop session running and provide core functionalities (e.g. gdm,
> gnome-session, gnome-settings-daemon, nautilus, etc). All applications
> providing extra relevant features to the desktop (e.g. gedit, Totem, Tomboy,
> etc) will be moved out from the Desktop moduleset. See the Extra Information
> section for more details.
> 2. Bindings will be merged into the Platform moduleset and become first-class
> citizens on the development Platform. The goal is to make the bindings more
> prominent from a communication perspective.
> 3. Create a moduleset to hold our highly recommended libraries such GStreamer,
> e-d-s, and others. This moduleset will be called Extended Platform.
> 4. Admin and Dev Tools will be dissolved and will be promoted like any other
> GNOME application. See the Extra Information section for more details.
> In summary, this means that the GNOME releases would be composed by the
> following modulesets:
>  - Desktop
>  - Platform
>  - Extended Platform
>  - Mobile
> Extra Information
> -----------------
> We're planning to do the actual reorganization of the modulesets as soon as
> possible during this development cycle. The idea is that GNOME 3 is released
> using the new modulesets.
> The long term plan for the GNOME applications that were removed from the
> Desktop, Admin and Dev Tools modulesets is to simply highlight the high-quality
> applications using the GNOME platform through our communication channels
> (release notes, website, etc). There will be no "official" apps anymore and no
> 'Applications' moduleset in the GNOME releases. The goal here is be more open
> with the app developer community around GNOME and to highlight all the nice
> things that can be created using our platform.
> Comments, ideas, and suggestions are welcome.
> Cheers!
> The Release Team
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