Lighthouse for open source project(s)?

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14 Apr, 2007 01:38 PM

Hi guys,

Lighthouse is truly amazing. It really wins hands down against anything I have seen or used so far.

My question is whether it can be used for tracking an open source project - we are working on a Ruby web scraping framework, scRUBYt! and we really need an issue tracking system. I have installed beast 3 weeks ago to discuss stuff, but during this time 50 topics with nearly 250 posts were created, sprinkled with ad-hoc bug reports and feature requests all over the place which is definitely not cool if you want to track them.

We have narrowed down the alternatives to trac and lighthouse - we came to the conclusion that trac's only advantage over lighthouse is the 'free' factor - otherwise the whole team heartily agreed to use LH.

If we would like to use lighthouse as a trac replacement (i.e. that is open to anyone), our only choice it to go for the bronze account as I understood - am I right?. Just between the two of us, most probably I will pay the price anyway - LH has just too much to offer over trac - but it still bugs me that I have to go for a 3rd level plan despite that most probably I won't use lighthouse for any other project at all.

So the question is: won't be it possible to get some discount or a special open-source plan cheaper which would allow me to run one public open source project? I don't even care if only I will have admin rights and everybody other will just open public accounts to add/view tickets. A bronze plan seems to be an overkill for me - I would not use the 80% of what I get there.

  1. 1 Posted by Rick on 14 Apr, 2007 06:13 PM

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    It's likely that we'll add one public project to the Personal plan. I'm just not sure if we'll do something else, such as limiting the monthly activity, or something else to prevent larger projects from using a Personal account.

    Thanks for your comments on the matter.

  2. 2 Posted by rubyminer on 15 Apr, 2007 06:39 AM

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    That'd be great!

    When coud this be expected? I would not like to be too impatient, but in fact I am :-)

  3. 3 Posted by sudara on 11 Oct, 2007 09:16 AM

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    As it's open source, I don't wanna drop 24/month, but would love to use lighthouse to get my single project going.

    How about a special pricing discount for open source for a certain time limit? So, 6 months access at a discounted rate, 1 project, 1 admin + public users.

    Once you hook us, you know we won't leave ;)

  4. 4 Posted by Will Duncan on 12 Oct, 2007 08:30 AM

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    I will say, having used lighthouse for open source projects, it's a wonderful system, we went through like 5 other applications before we settled on lighthouse and it clicked SOOO well. We used donations for payment, and it's always awesome to support the community and Rick and Justin want to more than anything I am sure. I know they put their heart into their Open Source project, Mephisto, and lighthouse probably partially spawned out of they had us in mind the entire time.

    At the same time, Lighthouse takes an astronomical amount of work from a very small team...of which I can't figure out how Rick fits it all in with everything else he has on his plate.

    I'm totally sure that when it's possible the plans will open up more to Open Source projects

  5. 5 Posted by bigfleet on 09 Mar, 2008 05:31 PM

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    Close to six months later, have the powers-that-be thought any more about this issue? With the launch of GitHub and its free status for open-source projects, I think there is a real opportunity to make sure that the same audience developing with freely-available tools can become an advocate for using those same tools on their commercial projects. Also, Rick, Chris, PJ, et al. are such shining stars, seems like something could get worked out? #engineyard represent!

    I could really use a bug-tracker for blanket, on GitHub, I guess that's all I'm saying. $24 a month really isn't feasible for the time I spend on it at this point.

  6. 6 Posted by Mark Bates on 16 Apr, 2008 12:31 PM

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    I'm developing the open source frame work, Mack, and I've gotten a ton of requests for me to use lighthouse, but the pricing is just a bit too steep for me. Any ideas when you're going to open up the 'free' account to have at least one public project?

    Lighthouse seems like a great app, from what I've seen. So add another to support for a free open source project plan.


  7. 7 Posted by remi on 16 Apr, 2008 12:45 PM

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    I'm also looking for a place to park some open source projects - mostly stale, but some active. I love the Github setup ... $$$ for private/secure repos with additional space ... 100% free for public, open source projects. I hope something similar happens with Lighthouse - could be a ridiculously awesome collaboration tool. Guess I'll setup redmine for the time-being ...

  8. 8 Posted by Rick on 16 Apr, 2008 07:37 PM

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    Oh in case you didn't read it on the blog, we announced free OSS plans. We haven't finalized how it's going to work yet, so I've been adding accounts to a custom plan for now. Just create an account and send me an email and I'll hook you up.

  9. 9 Posted by Justin Mazzi on 25 Apr, 2008 06:34 PM

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    I sent you an email through workingwithrails cause I wasn't able to pull up your email address. Could you let me know what I need to do to get setup with a OSS account? Thanks!

  10. 10 Posted by Will Duncan on 25 Apr, 2008 06:51 PM

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    Justin -- email company (at) activereload (.) net with your request if you don't here back from your original email through workingwithrails

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