The X.Org Server Development Process Might Change
Days after the X.Org Server development process was questioned, a new proposal has come about for the way that the xorg-server Git repository is managed with new development activity.
Concerns about the X.Org Server development process were publicly expressed last month after it was pointed out on the mailing list that the blocker bug trackers really haven't been updated for recent X.Org Server releases, many blocker bugs for old releases remain open, and that pull requests are being not handled or ignored. In that mailing list thread it was then proposed that anyone be free to commit to xorg-server Git as long as the patches are reviewed by fellow developers.
On Wednesday of this week, Peter Hutterer then issued a proposal to change the X.Org Server Git commit process. The heart of Hutterer's proposal comes down to:
I don't want a free-for-all master again, but we do need more people with commit access. So an initial proposal is:Sadly, the discussion around this proposal has been fairly short-lived. Jamey Sharp responded in support of Peter's proposal.
Keith Packard, the current X.Org Server release manager that's the only one with official commit access to the canonical X.Org Server repository, was a mixed message.
Keith basically said his delay on getting work merged varies from one hour to a week, he is said to thoroughly review all code, and is a rather subtle process. He doesn't appear to be in full support of this change that would relinquish some of his duties as X.Org Server release manager but he didn't outright reject the proposal either. Sadly, the discussion hasn't been too lively since that message on Thursday.
Alan Coopersmith is the only other developer jumping in on the thread where he acknowledges a problem with the status quo; he too has had a pull request ignored for the upcoming X.Org Server 1.14 release.
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