On Wed, May 04, 2016 at 03:02:24PM +0200, Tavmjong Bah wrote:
On Tue, 2016-05-03 at 12:34 -0700, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> This will be a good opportunity to debrief from the hackfest and
> identify followup actions that the board should work on in coming
I'm almost done with collecting receipts from the hackfest and LGM. We
spent roughly $7200 (plus or minus a few hundred dollars) out of the
This hackfest was very successful in my opinion. Part of the reason it
was so successful was having (somewhat accidentally) critical masses to
work on the CMake build as well as GTK3 problems. I think we could
duplicate this success by having some focused hacking sessions. In
particular, I think it would be quite beneficial to have a gathering
focused on getting 0.92 out. A follow up gathering could focus in
fixing GTK 3 issues. Both these topics should be exciting to our user
community which would help with raising funds to cover their costs.
Excellent ideas all around.
With releases traditionally the work falls into these categories:
0. Getting tests to all pass and the build to build cleanly
1. The actual release mechanics (make dist, signing, etc.)
3. Fixing release-critical bugs
5. Website/infrastructure related bits and pieces
Some of these may be better suited to co-location than others. #0 I
suspect is probably already in the bag, and #1 I've been working on
behind the scenes so am not worried there. Translation I think kind of
by definition is going to be hard to do as a hackfest. The PR and
Website stuff probably would benefit from a hackfest but they're not
areas likely to be blockers for us, although a strong case could be made
from a fundraising perspective that it would be time well invested.
I suspect for this release bugfixing is the biggest remaining hurdle,
but I don't have anywhere close to a handle on what it's going to look
like so who knows. If we knew what bugs needed fixed the worst, and who
the fixers would be, that would tell us the suitability of a hackfest
and clue us in on where geographically it should be held.
I'm guessing that there's enough of us typically involved in releases
that are located in the western half of the US, that a west-coast or
midwest location might be sensible, and might be a fair turn since we've
had hackfests on the east coast and England.