[Cabal] Maintaining/Lead developing

Nathan Walp faceprint at faceprint.com
Mon Dec 4 23:23:58 EST 2006

Kevin M Stange wrote:
> Sean Egan wrote:
>> Cabal,
>> I expect to step down as maintainer/lead developer/guy in
>> charge/whatever my official title is coinciding with the 2.0.0
>> releaseket. I'll stay on as President of the coporation (until April at
>> least, when we reelect the board and officers), and I'll continue to
>> write code here and there (notably -vv stuff), but I won't necessarily
>> feel *obliged* to (and then subsequently disappointed when I can't
>> find the time). ;)
>> We should choose a successor. Anyone want to make any nominations?
> I would like to nominate Mark, assuming I'm allowed to submit a
> nomination.  I think he's a dedicated developer, he seems to know where
> things are going and what he's doing, and he's generally an all-around
> cool guy. I think he can keep the project pointed in the right direction
> skillfully.  :)

I second Mark, if he's willing.  An excellent choice for sure.

>> Additionally, since we're looking to further the wedge between the
>> Pidgin and Pidgin-text UIs and the libpurple library, do we want to
>> appoint different leads for the different projects? On the one hand,
>> it seems like the two go so hand-in-hand, that it makes little sense
>> to split them up like that. On the other hand, perhaps the two going
>> so hand-in-hand is a hinderence to other UI's that don't have that
>> benefit. Maybe Evan has some insight.
> I think purple and pidgin should stay under the same lead developer for
> now.  A lot of the features that drive Pidgin are going to need to have
> corresponding, coordinated work in the core that is purple.  It seems
> like it might be better to have one person oversee the progress of both
> until it seems like purple and pidgin are no longer driving in the same
> direction.
> On the other hand, separating the lead developer between the two
> projects would allow this wedge to be driven in more quickly and let two
> different people set different priorities for the two projects,
> separately.  I don't know that I like this idea, but it has some merits,
> I'm sure.

I'm not sure which side I come down on here.  There are pros and cons to 
each, and I just don't know.  I am interested to hear what Evan says.

>> Thoughts?
>> -s.
> Kevin
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