today, I would like to invite you to evaluate Redmine, a project
management system. _PLEASE_ read the following sections _COMPLETELY_
before proceeding, as they contain important details.
This evaluation has started out of two reasons:
(1) With the growing number of freelancers, we need to keep track of the
paid work done for TDF, and the status of tasks and todos. In other
words, we need some sort of project management system, which also the
larger community can benefit from.
(2) The infrastructure team needs a ticketing system for handling their
tasks. We have one in place already, but it is not used frequently, and
we try to evaluate alternatives.
Ideally, those two requirements can be made fit together in one tool.
This also means that Redmine is _NOT_ meant as replacement for Bugzilla
at all - not now, not later. Bugzilla fulfills a rather different set of
requirements, focused on development, while we are looking for project
management and ticketing, so I don't see a way to combine all three
requirements in one tool.
While Redmine also offers a file storage, wiki, calendaring and other
tools, they are _NOT_ part of the evaluation. Chances are we might use
some of these functions to remove the variety of tools in place, but it
is not the primary determining factor. For the wiki e.g. we cannot
simply migrate away from MediaWiki, as we would lose important
functionality and plugins that overweight the benefit of having
everything in one place.
One more important note: This is explicitly called _EVALUATION_, which
means _NO_ final decision has been made yet, _NO_ binding timeline
exists, and _NOBODY_ is claiming it is the perfect tool for all of our
purposes. We _EVALUATE_ and based on the results, we make a decision.
Please do _NOT_ rely on Redmine being a productive instance. It may
vanish at _ANY_ time, with loss of _ALL_ data. Again, it is an
_EVALUATION_, nothing to fully count on. Feel free to put productive
tickets into it, but do not expect any stability or reliability.
All those warnings being said (I deemed that necessary given recent
discussions on our tools), I hope I didn't scare you away. ;-) I'm more
than happy if as many of you as possible test the tool and give us
feedback what you like or dislike.
To create yourself an account, please navigate to
and wait for the e-mail where you have to click a confirmation link,
just like for the wiki, and then you are set up. You can then create
tickets and play with the tool. For those who would like to have a
deeper look, there's also a variety of Android apps available to use
For discussions, please use the email@example.com mailing
list exclusively. Please also use this list if you want to have
projects/queues created and/or get assigned as possible bug recipient
with one of those.
For concrete bugs and wishes you have, please add them directly to
http://pad.documentfoundation.org/p/infra so they don't get lost.
One last thing I'd like to ask for: Please be sensible in your
requirements. While surely there are many wishlist items we can have a
look at, we clearly need to identify blocking issues. Raising
expectations so high that no tool can fulfill them will lead us no
where, so again, be sensible. :-)
That being said, Redmine is a first step. We have some other tools on
the radar that might fit, so - happy to hear the results of everyone's
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