The Krita Community¶
Get in touch! Apart from the website at https://www.krita.org, the Krita project has three main communication channels:
- Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
- The mailing list
While Krita developers and users are present on social media such as Twitter, Mastodon, Reddit, Google+, Tumblr or Facebook, those are not the place where we discuss new features, bugs, development or where we make plans for the future.
There are also the:
- bug tracker
- development sprints
You’ll find that there are a number of people are almost always around: the core team.
- Boudewijn (irc: boud): project maintainer, lead developer. Works full-time on Krita. Manages the Krita Foundation, triages bugs, does social media and admin stuff. Boudewijn is also on Reddit as boudewijnrempt.
- Dmitry (irc: dmitryk_log): lead developer. Works full-time on Krita.
- Wolthera (irc: wolthera_laptop): developer, writes the manual and tutorials, triages bugs, helps people out
- Scott Petrovic (irc: scottyp): UX designer, developer, webmaster
- David Revoy (irc: deevad): expert user, creates Pepper & Carrot, maintains the preset bundle.
- Alvin Wong (irc: windragon): windows guru
- Ben Cooksley (irc: bcooksley): KDE system administrator.
Krita’s team spans the globe, but most development happens in Europe and Russia.
Krita is part of the larger KDE community. The KDE® Community is a free software community dedicated to creating an open and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. The KDE contributors guide is relevant for Krita contributors, too, and can be found here: http://archive.flossmanuals.net/kde-guide/ .
The Krita Foundation was created to support development of Krita. The Krita Foundation has sponsored Dmitry’s work on Krita since 2013.
Internet Relay Chat¶
IRC is the main communication channel. There are IRC clients for every operating system out there, as well as a web client on the krita website.
- Joining IRC: connect to irc.freenode.net, select a unique nickname and join the #krita and ##krita-chat channels. #krita is for on-topic talk, ##krita-chat for off-topic chat.
- Don’t ask to ask: if you’ve got a question, just ask it .
- Don’t panic if several discussions happen at the same time. That’s normal in a busy channel.
- Talk to an individual by typing their nick and a colon.
- Almost every Monday, at 14:00 CET or CEST, we have a meeting where we discuss what happened in the past week, what we’re doing, and everything that’s relevant for the project. The meeting notes are kept in google docs.
- Activity is highest in CET or CEST daytime and evenings. US daytime and evenings are most quiet.
- IRC is not logged. If you close the channel, you will be gone, and you will not be able to read what happened when you join the channel again. If you ask a question, you have to stay around!
- It is really irritating for other users and disrupting to conversations if you keep connecting and disconnecting.
The mailing list is used for announcements and sparingly for discussions. Everyone who wants to work on Krita one way or another should be subscribed to the mailing list.
The mailing list is called “kimageshop”, because that is the name under which the Krita project was started. Legal issues (surprise!) led to two renames, once to Krayon, then to Krita.
Phabricator serves the following purposes for the Krita team:
- Track what we are working on: https://phabricator.kde.org/maniphest/ This includes development tasks, designing new features and UX design, as well as tasks related to the website.
- Review code submissions: https://phabricator.kde.org/differential/
- Host the git repository: https://phabricator.kde.org/source/krita/ . Note that while there is a mirror of our git repository on Github, we do not use Github for Krita’s development.
Do not report bugs as tasks on Phabricator. Phabricator is where we organize our work.
Do put all your code submissions (patches) on Phabricator. Do not attach patches to bugs in the bug tracker.
Bugzilla: the Bug Tracker¶
Krita shares the bug tracker with the rest of the KDE community. Krita bugs are found under the Krita product. There are two kinds of reports in the bug tracker: bugs and wishes. See the chapters on Bug Reporting and Bug Triaging on how to handle bugs. Wishes are feature requests. Do not report feature requests in bugzilla unless a developer has asked you to. See the chapter on Feature Requests for what is needed to create a good feature request.
Sometimes, core Krita developers and users come together, most often in Deventer, the Netherlands, to work together on our code design, UX design, the website or whatever needs real, face-to-face contact. Travel to sprints is usually funded by KDE e.V., while accommodation is funded by the Krita Foundation.