Have some spare time and want to improve Indefero? Join us!
Indefero is not only a software you can use either hosted for you or hosted by you, but also a free software you can contribute to.
Here you will get how to contribute and what to contribute.
Quick Way on How to Contribute
Open a ticket with your idea. You can directly propose a patch if you have it.
Wait for it to be checked by the devs or meet us on the #indefero channel on FreeNode.
Fork Indefero where you want (fork from the develop branch).
Code your change and document it.
Open a ticket with a pull request and talk about it on IRC.
The General Contribution Workflow for Regular Contributors
- Fork Indefero from the develop branch.
- Request a pull request if you do not have write access on the repository.
- Merge your changes without fast forward in develop. This keeps track of the history of the changes and makes understanding what is going on easy.
- Merge your changes with fast forward only if a single commit.
Indefero is composed of two main branches:
- master: this is the shipped branch, only a select number of people can push into it.
- develop: this is the development branch, all the people having write access to the repository are welcomed to push in.
Note: The branching model we use is explained in details here. You must understand it to really contribute to the code base in an efficient way.
What to Contribute
Contribution is easy, you can contribute in a lot of different fields, contributions small or big are always appreciated. Here is an example list of what you can do:
- Install InDefero on your system and report the problem you had.
- Find the bad English and typos and propose corrections.
- Help with the translation effort.
- Find little bugs or usability problems and provide ideas on how to fix them.
- Register to the discussion group and help new users.
- Come and chat on IRC #indefero on the FreeNode servers.
- Find ways to improve the design while keeping it beautifully simple.
- Write a blog post about the project, what you think is good or bad.
- Translate InDefero for the sake of the community.
- Or maybe really hack into the code.
As you can see, the real hacking into the code is just a small part of the work, so even if you are not a coder you can do a lot.
I am a simple user
Thanks a lot! Really! As a project leader, I consider you as the most important person in the success of the project. So do not worry, I will really listen to your needs and make you love this project.
What you can do to help:
- Use the software and each time you find something a bit annoying in your daily use, report a bug. Usability issues are high priority issues.
- Find typos, grammar mistakes, etc. and report a bug.
- Write about InDefero on your blog/website.
- Read the issues submitted by the users and provide answers if you have them.
I am a designer
A lot of things to do for you:
- Check the design and find the flaws in it. Is the space well used, does it look really nice and is it also functional for the first users?
- Do we have good support of all the major browsers?
I am a coder
Checkout the code and have fun, but keep in mind that your results must be simple to use. Do not worry about the beautiful part, the designers can work on that.
I am a security guy
Please, do try to break it, if you find a problem, come on IRC or contact the developers to get the issue fixed as soon as possible. Please, be nice, do not release the issue in the wild without first talking to us.
I am a translator
We currently use transifex to help our users translate indefero. You don't have to use it, but it's an easy way to do the job. You can visit the indefero page at transifex here:
Please understand that your changes will not be commited instantly, but are sent to the maintainers e-mails before. Then, your changes will not be in the main repository until the maintainer pushs the changes. In that way, try to do big changes with less submissions.