ChiliProject is not maintained anymore. Please be advised that there will be no more updates.

We do not recommend that you setup new ChiliProject instances and we urge all existing users to migrate their data to a maintained system, e.g. Redmine. We will provide a migration script later. In the meantime, you can use the instructions by Christian Daehn.

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Wieland Lindenthal, 2011-02-08 10:06 pm


Why Fork?

In the last few years, the open source project management system Redmine has grown in popularity. Its extensible and flexible nature allows it to be used by thousands of open source projects, companies, organizations, and individuals all around the world.

However, the development of Redmine has been erratic, unpredictable, and generally slow despite Redmine's high potential. Over the past two years, members of the community have repeatedly tried to remove development bottlenecks through clear suggestions and contributions and to broaden and open up the development process, to no avail; integration of community-created patches only happens rarely and with no clear methodology, proposed changes to the development model were basically dead on arrival.

Redmine as a whole is controlled by a single person with no noticeable interest in the community nor in providing any form of guidance or leadership, leaving other contributors clueless about the general direction of the project or planned improvements. This leads to high frustration levels in users as well as in developers and contributors. A group of former contributors to Redmine tried to contact the project lead through public and private forums to discuss the goals and future direction of Redmine, with no success.

We strongly believe in having a fully transparent and open governance and development process that is fully in-line with the ideals of Open Source Software (OSS) as outlined by the OSI and that:

  • An open source project is about people producing free and open software and contributing to something as a team for the benefit of the community.
  • Open source projects reflect a spirit of collaboration and fun while garnering community feedback and providing good governance that allows for businesses to confidently invest in its development.
  • Open source projects are open to the participation of anybody who can contribute value and is willing to work with the community.

Since the community has literally no say on the future of Redmine, it is our strong belief that the only way to ensure continued, sustained and stable development of and around our favorite project is to fork it. We, long-standing community members and contributors, pledge to uphold the ideals of Open Source Software, open governance and open development in order to produce a viable open source project management system released under the name Chiliproject.

  • Felix Schäfer - Redmine contributor, User support team lead, Plugin author
  • Muntek Singh - Redmine contributor, Documentation team lead
  • Holger Just - Redmine contributor, Plugin author
  • Eric Davis of Little Stream Software - Redmine core committer, Plugin author, Ex-Redmine team lead (Plugins, Community Relations, Development)
  • Wieland Lindenthal of finnlabs - Provider of Redmine based enterprise services
  • Niels Lindenthal of finnlabs - Provider of Redmine based enterprise services