Like many Open Source projects, Hugin and related tools are mostly hosted on Sourceforge. A pioneer open software incubator with a ten year history of community driven development, Sourceforge offers a wide array of tools at no cost for the developers.
We are very grateful to Sourceforge. Without its wonderful infrastructure, Hugin would not be what it is today.
The infrastructure has its quirks and sometimes feels slow / underpowered. Considering the circumstances, the Sourceforge team does magic to accommodate all the growth of hosted projects within the limited available resources. The site is victim of its own popularity and success amongst Open Source contributors and grows at a fast pace.
Bruno reported last week that Hugin was listed in Sourceforge’s top 25 active projects.
Sourceforge evolves at a steady, relentless pace. The team has managed to steer the course through the highs and lows of its corporate sponsor. They continuously look at improving the service to the Open Source communities hosted on their servers. We’re happy to have distributed version control systems available too, and they are currently looking into my request to have email notifications from Mercurial.
The Sourceforge team is progressive, open, and listens to those it services, even if it does not really get much in return (sorry, I wish we could give back more). They take feedback and ideas on their IdeaTorrent.
One thing that could improve in my opinion are mailing lists, specifically for notifications from Subversion or from the Bug Tracker. They are extremly useful to stay on top with the changes in the code. I recommend everybody interested in the progress of Hugin and related tool to subscribe and watch. Even if you are not a developer, you’ll find out what is going to happen. And if you are a newbie, you’ll get a unique opportunity to look over the shoulder of experienced developer and learn from the changes they make to the code. This was my main way to learn – patiently reading through each change, understand what it does, and slowly moving into its context.
I filed an idea for improvement there. I’ll shamelessly ask you to log on to your Sourceforge account and vote for it. Thank you.