[Board] RE : Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGEO4W future

Gérald Fenoy gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr
Fri Sep 20 16:18:15 PDT 2013

Dear all, 
Despite I agree with you that providing the OSGeo softwares in a binary distribution is a good idea, what do you think of providing something, which may be IMO even better to the end users / developpers, let's call it a build kit or a build environment already correctly setup for integration of new versions of software or even the integration of this or that new software. I really think that it make lot of sense to provide such a thing. 

This way, any new projects become able to provide a windows version (x64 or i386, I'm not sure we should provide only x64 versions even it will be the most used, but this is another question) of their software without having to do all the work on their own as so many of us did /do already.

Let suppose that you find a bug in this or that software but you get a patch provided by the OSGeo community (whatever is the project name!), then this patch can be easilly applied on the current build environment and user / devs are able to try the result directly.

Nevertheless, I understand that it is huge work, but cannot we plan to get thz work done in a similar manner than the OSGeoLiveDVD was built. Let say by asking for volonteers to handle a specific project.

It was something I spoke about here and there (conferences mainly) as a key missing thing, so I thought that as you put this discussion on table it was perfect timming to share my thoughts on this.

Waiting for your input and comments.

If this sounds totally irrealisitic please let me say that it is not.

Best regards.

Gėrald Fenoy

-------- Message d'origine --------
De : Alex Mandel <tech_dev at wildintellect.com> 
Date : 20/09/2013  22:52  (GMT+00:00) 
A : Tamas Szekeres <szekerest at gmail.com>,Paolo Cavallini <cavallini at faunalia.it> 
Cc : OSGeo Discussions <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>,OSGeo-Board <board at lists.osgeo.org> 
Objet : Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGEO4W future 
On 09/20/2013 02:45 PM, Tamas Szekeres wrote:
> 2013/9/20 Paolo Cavallini <cavallini at faunalia.it>
>> I suggest to make a Steering Committee
>> for OSGEO4W, so to have a clear roadmap, and give Windows (urgh!)
>> users a predictable environment. I think some of our million users
>> would be happy to support this effort, if they would know they
>> contribute actively to something they need.
> Hi Paolo,
> I agree with you entrirely, as we've already been talking about this today.
> Being committed to provide usable binaries on Windows, you can count me in.
> Setting up a build environment (probably a version of a Windows Server x64
> edition with MSVC2010 for instance) providing to compile all the stuff at
> the same place would be a prerequisite.
> Best regards,
> Tamas

I'm actually already providing such an instance and was planning to
clone it to several instances as well as a testing instance.
Frank has the keys to drive it and has been using it for several months

It's part of my lab's participation in the ICA-OSGeo initiative.


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