During the last two years it is quite common to hear about new software forges, but I'm not going to talk about forges proliferation in this post, what I would to like to discuss is what the next step in collaborative development environments is. Thus in order to get the big picture I spent some hours looking for scientific and "informal" publications, now I think I have a good starting point and it would be great if you can offer feedback or even improve it.
As part of the work of URJC (LibreSoft) in the ALERT project, whose aim is to increase the efficiency of the developers in libre software projects, we are about to present the first iteration of the Knowledge Extractor for Structured Information, aka KESI. This component with a very complicated name has a simple mission, that is to gather information from source code repositories and from issue/bug tracking systems and to send it to the rest of the components of the ALERT platform.
During last months we’ve been working to improve Bicho, one of our data mining tools. Bicho gets information from remote bug/issue tracking systems and store them in a relational database.
Last month I’ve been working in the creation of a report with the aim of finding out code clones between two libre software projects.
Libre software is changing the way applications are built by companies, while the traditional software development model does not pay attention to external contributions, libre software products developed by companies benefit from them. These external contributions are promoted creating communities around the project and will help the company to create a superior product with a lower cost than possible for traditional competitors. The company in exchange offers the product free to use under a libre software license.
Via acs I’ve seen that the Basque Government is promoting yet another software forge, its name is openMyWork. I haven’t seen either a list of features or a roadmap so the only thing I can offer is the description and the link.
openMyWorks is a project that includes the forges of the
Basque Government. It is composed by openMyForge (the forge) and
openMyDesktop (a desktop aplication). The software is developed using
the web framework Web2py
A few weeks ago Adriaan De Groot (Vice President of the KDE Foundation Board) explained us in the master on libre software
the different issues that are important to be taken into account in
order to maintain a big community such as KDE, where there are people
working together from different countries, with different timezones,
culture, languages, … Looking after the KDE community is maybe the main
goal of the KDE e.V.
Last Friday some workmates and I spent a couple
of hours working in the translation to Spanish of FusionForge. We
translated around 700 strings and ate 4 pizzas. It is not a bad average
at all. I’ll go on with the translation in my free time but it is
possible that we repeat the “FusionForge en -> es pizza hack session” during the following months, it is a great excuse to enjoy a different meal with some friends.
Saludos de parte de los traductores españoles por un día / Greetings from some of the Spanish translators for a day
A couple of days ago some people from the Redmine community announced the creation of a fork,
its name is Chiliproject. For those of you that don’t know Redmine, it
is a libre software project management very popular during the last two
( have a look at the previous post if you didn’t )
I recommend you to use the screen command to download the repos, it could take a couple of hours if your connection is not quick. Use a log file to ensure that everything was properly downloaded and the mail command to notify you when the downloads finish.