Difference between Lighthouse and Redmine

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21 Nov, 2008 02:11 AM

I have Redmine installed and I'm not that psyched about it. What's the difference between that and Lighthouse?

  1. 1 Posted by Will Duncan on 21 Nov, 2008 02:52 AM

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    I don't have any personal experience with Redmine, but I will ask around the office if someone can give you an experienced opinion.

    Lighthouse is a hosted ticket-tracker system, designed for simple development workflow. It doesnt include a wiki or charts because its designed for developers to interact and do one thing, develop. Tickets are designed to either be important or not. We've invested a lot of personal experience from our own workflow and experience into how Lighthouse functions as a ticket tracker, and simplicity is a key factor.

    Lighthouse still feature packed though. It comes with email capability, version control integration, milestones, ticket priorities, a unique search/ticket-bin system, an API so you can build custom tools.

    If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.

  2. 2 Posted by mattcushing on 21 Nov, 2008 02:57 AM

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    Cool, thanks.

    What I'm really looking for is a set of tools that will allow me to do my job effectively. Right now, I am the only programmer in our company, so it's all up to me to track issues, keep version control, and manage projects. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do it in an automated fashion as we are about to expand and increase people, all of whom will be working for me. I'd like to find a way to track issues and keep version control, and possibly manage projects all in one set of tools.

    I know you guys develop some other stuff. Can you suggest anything for what I'm looking for?

  3. 3 Posted by Will Duncan on 21 Nov, 2008 03:03 AM

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    I don't know of an all-in-one system. We use git/github for version control, Lighthouse for bug tracking/development management, and Tender, http://tenderapp.com for product/application support. It's been working out really well for us, and since that's what we use, and many other small development teams like us, it's at the top of our list for suggestions.

  4. 4 Posted by Will Duncan on 21 Nov, 2008 03:03 AM

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    also, both svn and git you can hookup to Lighthouse, so it provides and all in one location for following your projects development.

  5. 5 Posted by Will Duncan on 21 Nov, 2008 03:15 AM

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    I completely forgot to mention, there is a free plan you can signup and try Lighthouse out http://sera.lighthouseapp.com/plans and upgrade down the road when if need it.

  6. 6 Posted by Rick on 21 Nov, 2008 11:41 PM

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    I don't want to knock our own products, but some folks have been falling back on Basecamp. Commentable todos can be fairly effective. Course, Lighthouse can be more powerful with states, ticket bins, and source control integration.

    There's a wide variety of products, but it can be hard to find that one that's a perfect fit for your workflow. Good luck in your search. If you don't like Lighthouse though, I'd be curious to hear feedback on why...

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