[Trac-dev] New Trac based project
Ian Wild <ian.wild <at> wandisco.com>
2011-12-02 12:32:20 GMT
As some of you may already be aware, earlier this year WANdisco approached members of the Trac development community with a view to working out how we could most effectively invest development time into the project. We plan to use Trac as a basis for a defect tracker supplied with our uberSVN product. Our goal being to develop a tool which can compete out-of-the-box with other non-opensource defect trackers that have gained popularity in recent years.
The resulting discussions were interesting and culminated in the idea that we might get the most done in the shortest time by performing a 'friendly fork' of Trac and running that as a separate FOSS project. It was felt this would present the least risk for everyone involved while still leaving options open for future collaboration. Furthermore, having seen the success that joining the Apache Software Foundation brought to Subversion, we felt that this model could reap many benefits for the community of Trac developers and users and wanted to explore that further.
Since then we've been looking to bring together a team who could drive these efforts and I'm pleased to say that in the last couple of weeks that has finally been realised. Not only do we now have a full time lead developer working out of our Sheffield (UK) office, with support from a number of colleagues who will contribute significant amounts of time and energy to this work, we are also recruiting additional freelance developers to work on this project as independent committers*.
We have a strong and passionate team who will do all they can to make this a success. However we can't form an entire opensource project on our own. Our first goal is to enable a community to come together which has the strength and depth to take this forwards. While the Apache move is an important part of that, no less important is support from the general Trac community and especially the current and past committers who have done so much to get the software to where it is today.
I want to be clear that our intention is in no way to undermine the current Trac project and the progress that is making. We hope there can be mutual collaboration and a shared journey. This approach gives us both the freedom to continue with our own strategies while allowing us all to stay engaged with each other and to achieve what I'm sure all of us desire - To make Trac the best defect tracker on the planet.
At this stage I just wanted to let everyone know we're planning to publish our proposal to the Apache Incubator later today and invite any questions or other feedback.
Director of Engineering
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