[guardian-dev] Forking APG

Dominik Schürmann dominik at dominikschuermann.de
Mon Mar 12 12:42:40 EDT 2012

Thanks for your response.

I think you are partially right. I was too fast with releasing it to the
Market. I deactivated it their.
Instead you can download it here:

I sent thialfiar a email 3 days ago informing him about my fork.

I forked instead of branching because of several reasons:
- there exists branches and repositories with code that was never merged
- I am breaking compatibility to redesign some APIs
- and of course use github/gitorious instead of google code :D


On 12.03.2012 17:12, Nathan of Guardian wrote:
> On 03/12/2012 11:50 AM, Dominik Schürmann wrote:
>> A small progress update on my fork: 
>> I released the first version to Google Play:
>> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.apg
>> My mantra is: Release early and often.
> Sounds good. Perhaps you should post test builds to:
> https://github.com/dschuermann/apg/downloads before you push something
> to the market?
> That is generally our approach, where you at least have a few RC's
> before giving it to the world. Now users on the market will see APG and
> APG+ (Beta), and might be confused which to get. It also means that I
> have to reimport all my keys into your app, correct?
>> This first version is mainly the beginning of a new user interface for APG.
>> I also realized that signing keys, uploading keys, and qr code scanning
>> was already available in one of the repositories I merge into the fork.
>> Especially these features seems to be a little buggy. I will concentrate
>> on those after the user interface.
>> As always: I encourage other devs to participate:
>> https://github.com/dschuermann/apg
> Have you reached out to thi at thialfihar.org at all? Why not just submit
> patches and merge into a branch of
> http://code.google.com/p/android-privacy-guard/ instead of forking his
> project? You have every right to of course, and you are obviously giving
> proper credit, but I would just think a bit more about the full
> lifecycle of APG perhaps, especially since you are pushing releases to
> the Play Store.
> I know he isn't the most responsive individual, but up until September
> 2011, he was still making updates to his repo.
> Please understand I support your efforts greatly, I just know that when
> someone comes out of the blue and says "I am going to fork Gibberbot and
> make it go XYZ feature" that I tend to not feel very happy about that,
> wishing instead they would submit a patch or pull request, and be part
> of our big happy dev family.
> Best,
>  Nathan
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