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Now With Extra Added Fellowship

Last week I was surprised to receive an email from Shane Coughlan inviting me to become a Fellow of the OpenForum Academy. The current Fellowship has some of my personal heroes in there and so it was exciting and humbling to receive such an offer.

From their website:

OpenForum Academy is a think tank with [...]

I’m Going To Akademy; So Is Kolab

So, its that time of year again, the annual meeting of all things KDE… Akademy! This year it is coming to you from Tallin, Estonia. This year will be my 6th outing to the event

Of course, KDE is very dear to me and to Kolab and so, in addition [...]

Getting Cohesive

So, in my mission to see how we can automatically detect “core” teams, I need a measure for how closely people work together. Those of you with strong memories will remember I once coined the term “cohesion” for this measure. I introduced it in a paper at the International Conference on Software Maintenance, three [...]

KDEPIM: A Little Look At 2011

So this is about the time I usually do my annual review of activity in KDE SVN. Of course I have now stopped my analysis of KDE SVN and moved on to git. Instead of analysis every repo in KDE git, I will focus on what happened in KDEPIM in 2011 (KDEPIM exclusively, no [...]

When Git Push Comes To Shove

[If you are not familiar with the English idiom "When push comes to shove" you can read more here.]

For some time I have been hesitant to start publishing data about usage of Git. You see, when a community changes a tool as fundamental as the SCM it will need to change its processes [...]

Delving Into Git (KDEPIM)

OK, now KDE is 15 years old, it is time for my work to grow up and start looking at git. One of the questions I get asked from time to time is how much code rewriting I will need to do in order to for with git. Thankfully… none.

All of my scripts [...]

So What Does 15 Years Of KDE Look Like?

So, I thought I would take a quick look at what KDE community “looks” like after 15 years under development. So here I will briefly show off three visualisations with no particular comment. I will just leave them here for your amusement.

So let’s start with the now-infamous green blobs (click to enlarge):

KDE: All Grown Up!

So, in the not too distant future KDE will turn 15 years old. This is normally a time when I will go back and reflect on lessons that can be learned from past activities in the SCM. This year is no different.

After my last blog post I was asked about the history of [...]

Respect Your Elders!

So, in my previous blog post, I talked a little about how we can show if it is the newcomers or the “oldies” that are the most active contributors to KDE SVN. Let’s jog our memories by taking another look at the 2010 data I previously posted:

Daily commits in 2010 (click to [...]

Old Gits Hang On To SVN?

So Lydia asked me about having slightly more fine-grained information about daily commits. She pointed me to this video which at the 15-minute mark has a visualisation for people contributing to Wikipedia. This visualisation reveals information about for how long people have been contributing to the community.

So, as a distraction from my work [...]