Seeking Persian speakers to review this pull request
Phew, sounds like wlroots' renderer v6 initial PR is finally ready :P
Weston 9.0 alpha is released!
Wrote a new blog post on DIY DASH streaming.
Interesting thought: many FOSS projects' leadership are often a very ephemeral concept defined by the list of people who currently have a vested interest in the project being maintained. Contributors swing by when they need something changed, and the maintainers review it if and when they have the time and need. If a contributor sticks around, shows some competence and earns some trust, then it's an easy task to make them a maintainer. It's also very easy to quit being a maintainer, just stop doing it as it stops being in your interest to be involved. A maintainer often needn't actually be a contributor, too. And if a contributor comes by wanting to make some changes, but there are no maintainers, it's a simple matter to fork the repo - and as more people come by the project and find the fork, it gradually replaces the original project, and everyone is happy. Sometimes the original maintainers become contributors to the new project.
Some people view this as a sign that a project is on life support, but I think this is a very healthy lifecycle for a project. Many of my own projects exhibit this behavior. With sway & wlroots, I'm hardly involved at all these days, just making the rare executive decisions when they need making, but the project is still chugging along thanks to the work of those who still have a vested interest in improving it. scdoc is "done", but I still use it and want it to remain simple, so I review patches from the occasional contributor but write effective no new code for it myself. Sourcehut on the other hand is still 99% written by me, but receives frequent contributions from all kinds, and some subsystems are maintained by !me. And I have basically nothing to do with aerc today, but it's still receiving new features all the time.
Taking a very flexible, informal approach to governance has been pretty rewarding in my experience.
Just released #hikari 2.1.0 😸🎉
* update to `wlroots` 0.11.0
* new lockscreen
* add public view flag to include views on the lockscreen
* add noop output to handle deallocation of all outputs
* inhabited sheet cycling is now wrapping
* add configuration for switches (e.g. lid switch)
* add keyboard configuration
* keyboard repeat rate/delay configuration
* add view preview on cycling
* improved renderer performance
* fix mouse dragging
Status update, July 2020
A gentle tip for filing bugs: if someone asks you for a log, don't trim it. Really. Even if you see red lines or something that looks like an error to you, just include the whole log from start to finish. The only person who knows what is actually an error in your logs is the person fixing your bug, and they'll have to ask you to repost your logs if you trim them down.
Sway 1.5 is released!
wlroots 0.11.0 is released!
Imagine doing this and then thinking you're the good guys.
Are we going to talk about the fact that official reports from the European Parliament are openly (and approvingly) talking about implementing their own version of the Great Firewall of China?
"How do I get started contributing to open source? What are some good entry-level tasks to work on?"
These are questions I am often asked, so here's the answer for everyone to read:
Scratch your own itches. Find bugs that are causing you problems, conspicuously missing features you would find useful, and implement them - in literally any free/open-source software you're using. Don't worry about not being familiar with the codebase or programming language or whatever, just solve one problem at a time.
Try this: next time you go to report a bug, report it, and immediately start working on a patch which fixes the problem.
Scratching your own itches is the best source of motivation and maximizes your productivity.
Often that means not contributing to my projects at all, if you're asking how to get started with a specific project. Maybe you like it because it's flawless 😉 (hah!), in which case it wouldn't need your help anyway. Go fix something which is bugging you in another project. Spread the contributor wealth around and eventually it'll come back to my projects, too.
I haven't mentioned it in the release notes, but with Sway 1.5 also comes input fixes (better touch/tablet support, smoother window moving/resizing) and a revamped DRM backend (less glitches, leas black screens).
These less shiny changes will greatly contribute to the quality of the release IMHO!
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