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Ricardo Signes
January 30, 2021 01:16
Subject: next steps
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Neil, Sawyer, and I had a call this morning, and I'll be sending some notes on that a bit later today.  I wanted to send a separate, brief update about, though, which was the subject of the great majority of our time.  I feel I should reiterate what has been said in at least one other thread on p5p: is not really under the umbrella of things that perl5-porters or the steering council control.  That said, it seemed like something worth spending some time on, given the ongoing discussions on the list and elsewhere.

We talked a fair bit about the various purposes that serves, who benefits from what kind of use, and what a future without looks like, *either* as RT itself *or* as some generic public per-distribution forum for collection of bugs.  I think there are a lot of options, but one possibly-easy one is to keep RT running, so we talked about that.

In its current form, is not sustainable.  It needs to be ported, upgraded, and have its tires kicked.  Bryan Horstmann-Allen has spent some time on this, but I don't think we have any real estimated time of delivery, or even much of a *promise* of delivery.  Lee Johnson has set up an already-working read-only static copy of <>, so you can still find bugs reported before the RT install was shut down.  That has been the go-to plan for for now.

So, if the goal is to have stay up, but running somewhere else, and brought into a state that is less creaky and more sustainable, who best to do that?  The obvious choice seemed to be Best Practical, the makers of RT, who have long provided help with the Perl NOC's instances of RT.  We got someone from Best Practical on the call and discussed what it might look like to engage their services to upgrade to RT 5 and have it hosted by Best Practical.  We're now waiting on a quote for that work to go to the Perl Foundation.  We'll keep you posted.

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