[Tools-dev] Proposal for fork of Selenium
mikeal at osafoundation.org
Thu Nov 9 17:28:42 PST 2006
This is a proposal for what amounts to another project at OSAF
managed by people in the tools group.
It shouldn't come as a shock to anyone considering that we've been
having to maintain a selenium branch of most of their projects in the
tools repository for some time. It's at this point that we've decided
we must fork the code.
The major reasons are all community based. Our patches can't make it
in, and our complaints about architecture and ease of use have fallen
on deaf ears and we get the impression that Selenium is a particular
organizations project that happens to be open source, rather than a
through and through open source project. Adam and myself have been
sitting in #selenium on freenode for months answering people's
questions as they come in -- we have yet to talk to a selenium
committer a single time.
the python remote control library we have a huge problem with the
sustainability, ease of test writing, debugging and general approach
of the selenium remote control server which we intend to fix with a
complete rewrite with a RPC based approach. In addition we feel that
we can make a strong impact in this space by running a much more
transparent and open project, along with much better tools and
acceptance of outside committers.
We tried to work with those at Thoughtworks and openqa.org previous
to this choice and have decided that the only sustainable solution is
to fork Selenium and create a new project that takes the existing
code and tools in a better direction.
Here is our list of upcoming work items:
- Figure out a name for the project
- Work with Ted to go over all the legal requirements
- Setup a trac install and a new subversion repository
- Work on a vision statement and roadmap for the project
- Work out a clear architecture plan
- Once we reach our first intermediate release we should probably
break the project's mailing off of the tools list and on to a
- Write lots of code
- Anything I've missed
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