(Adding a couple of mailing lists so others can weigh in. Changing
subject so those added aren't completely lost.)
On 02/21/2013 11:55 AM, Quim Gil wrote:
Ok, just a question as humble 3rd party MediaWiki user
volunteer coordinator at the WMF: is there a possibility to consider
having a regular free software release process?
master/unstable ---> (testing releases?) ---> stable releases
I think the current process is ok-ish in the short
contributors are getting +2 and 3rd parties are getting tarballs.
As you say, I think the current process is Ok(ish) for now. We need to
get others in the MediaWiki "ecosystem" involved in core before this
becomes something we really need to do.
It would be great to have developers from other significant MediaWiki
sites (like Referata, Wikia, Citizendium, etc) become more involved and
start introducing features or hooks that they use into core or making
the extensions available. Of course, some of those developers have
already been involved.
But right now, I don't sense a huge amount of friction between the WMF's
needs and the non-WMF MediaWiki-using community. The most that can be
said is that the WMF is focused on its sites and doesn't make third
party use a priority. This doesn't stop support for other databases,
though: Oracle, MS SQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, or even my recent changes to
separate out DB schema changes in MySQL.
That said, I'm very interested in this conversation. As MZ will remind
you, I did advocate for the formation of the MediaWiki Foundation.
There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.
-- Mahatma Gandhi, "Non-Violence in Peace and War"