Hello everyone,

Since this is my first post, I'll start with a quick introduction. I'm a core developer in the JBoss Community. I've been working for Red Hat for 3+ years. Down to business.

I proposed an idea on the Fedora GSoC 2012 page to research using Gitlab as a front end to fedorahosted.org. Gitlab is like an open source clone of Github, supporting code workflow features such as pull requests, code review and repository status updates.


I'm looking for someone who would be interested in mentoring this project, as well clarifying to goals if necessary.

My hope is that this will help curb the rush of projects moving to github, which is great, but also proprietary infrastructure :(

I was thinking about two possible approaches here:

1. Work in a staging server, putting the Fedora packaging stuff aside for the moment and just get an idea of how it will interface with fedorahosted.org and the FAS accounts...basically, a proof of concept. Obviously, the users who have access to the deployed system would need to be limited to avoid the proof of concept becoming prematurely adopted.

2. The other avenue is to just assume we want this and move along the lines of packaging Gitlab and its dependencies so that it can be easily installed on a Fedora machine. Then, infrastructure could take it from there and handle setting it up after that project is done.

I extended an olive branch to the Gitlab team to gauge their interest:


I think this could result in a really positive change for Fedora and attract a lot of developers to the community (if Github is any indication of how massively popular a front end like this can be for community growth).


Dan Allen
Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat | Author of Seam in Action
Registered Linux User #231597