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SourceForge hosts KDE CVS

Thursday, 10 February 2000

KDE and VA Linux announced at the recent Linux World Expo that the KDE development system (our CVS) will be hosted by VA Linux with their SourceForge setup. SourceForge is a Open Source project hosting site located at

This Q&A will attempt to answer some of your questions even before you ask them!

Q: What exactly will SourceForge be hosting?

A: Initially, they will be hosting only our CVS repository (currently hosted at a university in Germany). They will also very likely host our FTP server sometime soon if everything goes well.

Q: Is that it?

A: Well, that depends. SourceForge has a very rich set of tools at our disposal, including mailing lists and bug tracking. We will evaluate those tools on a case-by-case basis to see if they fit our needs.

Q: Will the website be hosted by VA Linux?

A: No.

Q: Why are you switching to a new host? What was wrong with the old one?

A: First, we are very grateful to Uni-Luebeck for hosting our CVS for as long as they did. However, the KDE project is just getting too big. Our server and bandwith needs are quite high and getting higher at a continuous rate. Uni-Luebeck has been very good to us in the past.. but it's just not fair to them (and to the students there) to continue hogging their resources and their system administrators. By moving to a host dedicated only to Open Source projects, we can expand our resources and make necessary demands without feeling like we are imposing on someone or getting in the way.

Q: What will developers have to do to work with the new system.

A: The only big change is that the CVS now uses ssh instead of the old unsecure pserver mechanism. That means that all developers must have ssh installed on their development machines. All developers with up to date entries in kde-common/accounts will be automatically added to the SourceForge CVS. More details will be forthcoming when they emerge.

Q: Will non-developers still have CVSup access?

A: Yes.

Q: Will I need ssh to access CVSup?

A: No. The only people that need ssh are developers with write access to CVS. If you are not a developer, you will not need ssh.

Q: Will I need ssh to compile KDE?

A: No. Compiling KDE will never require the use of ssh. There was a bug in the kde configure scripts that seemed to indicate this but that was a mistake and a complete coincidence.

Q: What version of ssh is needed?

A: The last "free" version -- 1.2.27 (or something similar to that). OpenSSH should work.

Q: Will KDE be using anonymous CVS with SourceForge?

A: At least at first. There may be possible problems with anonymous CVS locking out write access by developers. If that happens, then anon CVS will be disabled. We'll see.

If you have any other questions, please direct them to Kurt Granroth I will answer most questions directly but willcompile a list of frequently asked ones if such a need arises.