[mapguide-internals] Motion: Give developers commit rights to work in a sandbox

Paul Spencer pspencer at dmsolutions.ca
Thu Jun 25 13:55:58 EDT 2009

Sandbox access for OpenLayers has been a free-for-the-asking thing and  
it has worked extremely well in terms of getting folks involved in the  
project.  Only a small percentage of folks getting sandboxes have  
become core committers, but it has allowed non-committers to work with  
committers on things like testing and documentation where the final  
diff from a sandbox branch is then pulled as a patch, reviewed by the  
committers and finally committed.

Assuming that we can set up a sandbox area in svn, I agree with  
Kenneth that anyone who wants access should get access.  There do need  
to be some guidelines for the sandbox - folks should create sub  
folders with their user name and make copies within that directory  
unless they are collaborating with several users for instance.


On 25-Jun-09, at 1:48 PM, Kenneth Skovhede, GEOGRAF A/S wrote:

> If I understand Frank correctly, it is "easy" to create a sandbox in  
> svn.
> With this sandbox anyone (in theory) should be allowed a sandbox area,
> for free play and testing.
> If this is so, I don't see the need for this vote.
> I think UV would like a sandbox as well.
> The open source handbook:
> http://producingoss.com/
> clearly states that the founding company should not try to bypass the
> rules, as that will make the project appear "closed" in the sense that
> only "insiders" get commit access, which is the opposite of the goal
> with OS software.
> I'm not suggesting that there is foul play here, and I am confident  
> that
> the proposed developers are highly skilled, but seen from the outside,
> this looks a bit like favorizing the Autodesk people.
> I would suggest that we instead clear up any confusion on the  
> sandbox issues,
> and make sandboxes avalible for those who apply for one.
> If there are too many requests for sandboxes, we will have to  
> reconsider
> what criteria there should be for applicants.
> Regards, Kenneth Skovhede, GEOGRAF A/S
> Tom Fukushima skrev:
>> Hi PSC,
>> I have three developers who will be working in a MGOS sandbox  
>> branch that I will be creating for them.  I don't want to be  
>> submitting all of their patches for them and would prefer if they  
>> could commit directly to this branch.  Unfortunately, I believe  
>> that we can only give submit rights to all or none of our  
>> subversion tree. So can we give subversion access to these  
>> developers on the condition that they work only in the sandbox?
>> These developers are
>> Hugues Wisniewski
>> Jon Curtis
>> Norm Olsen
>> They are all senior Autodesk developers with many many years of  
>> development experience.  I myself would be fine with giving them  
>> access to the full tree, but let's leave that for another discussion.
>> I move to give Hugues, Jon and Norm, commit rights to a branch in  
>> the sandbox/adsk area.
>> +1 Tom
>> Thanks
>> Tom
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    Paul Spencer
    Chief Technology Officer
    DM Solutions Group Inc

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