[Board] Anything for discussion here?
ari.jolma at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 05:23:03 PST 2011
I read the article as it caught my eye (*apache* harmful??). The title
is misleading as it is mostly about a perceived problem in how the
apache *foundation* works - which does much more than apache the web server.
I think the very basic thinking behind the article is sound - there is
always a new generation and it will have its own way of working. The
trick is how to get it involved and work together with the old folks. I
also agree that some of the technical support role that a foundation
such as ours has is not so central - but the people operating it and
their willingness are very crucial. I personally am very interested in
Git and the advantages it can bring - but still the meritocratic
principle and the benefits of having a single well-maintained source
tree have not disappeared suddenly. AFAIK, Git was developed for Linux
kernel development and the article is exaggerating its role as a new
revolutional tool. I believe one of OSGeo's flagships (QGIS) has changed
to Git and I haven't heard of anything negative - in fact I would be
interested to hear more about their experience.
On 12/05/2011 11:07 PM, Jo Cook wrote:
> Hi All,
> I guess that most people caught this article a couple of weeks ago:
> It got me wondering about the way that foundations need to change with
> time, and whether we should be taking on board any of it with regards
> to OSGeo. Disclaimer- I'm not asking because I think we're going down
> the same lines, I'm genuinely just using the article as a springboard
> for discussion.
> My two pence worth- the point about lowering of barriers to entry is
> an interesting one. Projects don't necessarily need someone big to
> provide infrastructure these days, they can do it in an adhoc way- so
> in that world, what does OSGeo do for the projects? What should we be
> I think we have a wider remit in some ways- in that we're trying to
> provide educational materials and foster local chapters- I don't
> imagine Apache does a lot of that these days!
> Anyhow, just wondering out loud really- further thoughts appreciated!
> All the best
> *Jo Cook*
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