[OSGeo-Discuss] End of life for Community Mapbuilder

Jeroen Ticheler Jeroen.Ticheler at fao.org
Mon Jul 28 10:43:48 EDT 2008

Hi Cameron and others,
Congratulations indeed for the decision and way forward!
Looking at what for instance the Apache Jakarta Project does, adding a  
"Retired projects" page seems a good solution. Elegant and clear. See http://jakarta.apache.org/site/retired-projects.html
I have no problem with seeing such a link in the current projects  
listing on the OSGeo homepage.

On Jul 28, 2008, at 4:32 PM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:

> Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>  End of life for Community Mapbuilder
>> We, the Mapbuilder Project Steering Committee, have agreed that the  
>> time has come for the Community Mapbuilder <http://communitymapbuilder.org/ 
>> > project to gracefully retire. We will release a final, stable 1.5  
>> version of the software, and afterwards there are no planned  
>> enhancements to Mapbuilder. The web pages and code will be kept  
>> alive, a few bugs might be fixed and we will likely continue  
>> answering user queries, but we expect Mapbuilder will gradually  
>> fade away into history.
> Cameron,
> I think this is an excellent and professional approach - given a  
> clear heads
> up to the community on the status of things.  In fact, I've been  
> just thrilled
> by the degree of cooperation achieved between several of the web  
> mapping client
> side projects in recent years.  The experience and efforts focused on
> improvement and exploitation of OpenLayers by those involved in  
> Mapbuilder,
> ka-map and other projects has helped turn OpenLayers into what I  
> would argue
> is the "best of breed" role it plays now.
> As far as OSGeo process, I agree that we (perhaps within the  
> incubation
> committee?) need to work out an end-of-life/retired status for  
> projects.
> There is no problem continuing to host project resources of course,  
> but at
> some point we would want to release the project from "live status"  
> reporting
> and governance requirements and to remove it from the front page so  
> not too
> many new users are guided to it as a promoted project.
> If there is no objection, I'll distribute the eol announcement via the
> OSGeo announce mechanism.
> Best regards,
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