Github wiki and gollum - clarify relationship? Compatibility? #657

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victorhooi opened this Issue Mar 15, 2013 · 3 comments

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Hi,

Just to clarify - what is the current relationship between Github and Gollum?

In #625 it seems to imply they're diverging, as does the recent move to a separate organisation?

My understanding was that gollum was somehow related to the Github wiki editor - have the two projects diverged now? Is Github or any Github staffers involved at all with Gollum?

Will the two maintain compatibility? (i.e. I can currently edit my Github wiki both online via github.com, or locally with Gollum).

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Victor

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bootstraponline commented Mar 16, 2013

Just to clarify - what is the current relationship between Github and Gollum?

A good question for @holman. The GitHub wiki is not the same as Gollum and includes some proprietary bits. Most of it is open source. In terms of what GitHub plans for the future, I've no idea.

Will the two maintain compatibility? (i.e. I can currently edit my Github wiki both online via github.com, or locally with Gollum).

My goal with Gollum is that they maintain compatibility. I don't see much point to Gollum if it can't be used with wikis hosted on GitHub.com.

My understanding was that gollum was somehow related to the Github wiki editor - have the two projects diverged now?

The GitHub.com wiki hasn't had any real feature work done in about two years. That seems to have changed slightly now that #380 is resolved. The open source Gollum gem has a bunch more features than the hosted wiki. Everything should be compatible and if it's not then that's a bug.

Is Github or any Github staffers involved at all with Gollum?

Not that I know of. Mostly GitHub's involvement has been fixing security issues. Almost all the development work has been done by volunteers with no relation to GitHub.

holman commented Mar 18, 2013

We're fairly divergent at this point.

gollum/gollum has taken on a lot of other issues more relevant to a standalone project, which is awesome. As far as GitHub is going (and I can't talk about future development plans, unfortunately), we're definitely interested in a stable, safe project. Naturally that just means we're a bit more cautious, and as such we've taken a slower approach on github.com than what's in the bleeding edge of gollum/gollum.

We have some ideas for tackling a better approach in the future, but it's nothing I can get into publicly at this point, unfortunately.

Part of the split into an organization is to give Gollum some legs to stretch out and be the best project it can be, without needing to feel like it's tacked to what GitHub is using it for. We certainly have an interest in Gollum going forward, and we'll be pulling certain changes into GitHub proper where they make sense.

Hope this helps some!

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bootstraponline commented Mar 20, 2013

Thanks for the detailed response.

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