As you might know, the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) has moved most
Mediawiki (MW)-related repositories from svn version control to git +
gerrit. As a consequence, the WMF also wants to stop running their svn
server - which is the server we are using.
Now the question is: where do we want to move to, and what version
control system (vcs) do we want to use? Do we find that the WMF
gerrit-based system is user-friendly and easy enough? Do we care about
having svn-based access?
I think there are a few options we can consider:
1) go with the gerrit flow: convert the repository to git and host the
repositories with the WMF. This has the advantage of having the
repository in a practical place (with all the other MW related
2) move to github: convert to git, and host the repository at github.
This has the advantage of the user-friendlyness of github, but also
gives us SVN access. We can always easily move to WMF-based hosting
once we feel it is user-friendly enough: the github repository will
then just mirror the WM=F-hosted repository.
3) move to another SVN host. This is easier (we don't need to convert
any repository), but it also means that it will be hard to move to
WMF-based hosting when we want. In addition, we don't get the nice
things git gives us: easy branching and easy patch submission ('pull
Personally, I am in favor of option (2): gerrit is clearly useful for
managing a project of the size of MW, but I think it is probably
overkill for something the size of pywikipedia. Github has an (imo)
much clearer interface than gerrit, and has tons of information for
new git users. Last, but not least, github has svn support, which
makes it even easier to switch, for both contributors and users.
I welcome your opinions!