[Project_owners] proposed changes to Mozdev roadmap
myk at mozilla.org
Wed Apr 2 09:45:12 PDT 2008
I'm on the board of the Mozdev organization
<http://www.mozdev.org/about.html>, and we're in the process of
reviewing our roadmap for development
We're a small organization with limited resources, so we can't do
everything that would be useful, and it makes sense to leverage the
tooling taking place elsewhere in the Mozilla community.
At the same time, I want Mozdev to blaze a trail on the usability and
functionality of key services like website development/deployment tools
and discussion forums. And it should be super-easy to set up and manage
a project on Mozdev.
So I am proposing that we revise the roadmap to make the following three
items the top priorities for the organization:
1. *Add one additional revision control system, and deprecate CVS.*
The two systems in the running are Subversion and Mercurial, and
they each have their advantages. Subversion's chief advantages
are its similarity to CVS and familiarity to some existing project
owners, while Mercurial's are its modern design (including support
for distributed development) and its momentum in the Mozilla
Overall, I think we're better off adding Mercurial, which has the
full weight of Mozilla tooling efforts behind it and which is on
track to become the most popular system in the Mozilla community
(until the next one comes along, anyway).
So I think we should add Mercurial to the site. But this would
not preclude adding Subversion as well at some point if resources
became available to deploy and maintain it.
2. *Implement a new website hosting service with simple WYSIWYG wiki
publishing and scp/sftp/ftps file upload.*
Here we're tackling two constituencies at once: those who just
want a simple hosting option where it is easy to create and edit
pages, and those who want complete control over the files that
make up their site.
The file upload option also addresses the needs of users who
generally want the simple approach but occasionally need to upload
a file or two (f.e. an image to display on a page in the wiki or a
presentation in PDF format).
3. *Automate project creation and management so that project creation
requests can be addressed in minutes or hours and users can
self-manage their projects.*
This item combines the /automate project creation process/ and
/centralized account management system/ items from the second and
third priority groups, respectively, on the existing roadmap
I think we should continue to require approval of new project
requests from unknown people but no longer require approval of
those from known, trusted people like existing project owners, so
that trusted people can have a new project up and running in seconds.
There are certainly many other changes that would be beneficial, like
integrating forums, feeds, mailing lists, and newsgroups, so users can
pick their preferred delivery format and get the same communications as
on every other channel.
But these three changes would make a big difference in the usability and
functionality of the site, and I think we should make them our top
[also posted to my blog <http://www.melez.com/mykzilla/>]
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