[Board] Reducing scope of OSGeo-Live for next 11.0 release - input invited from Marketing and Incubation committees

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Mon Apr 17 15:24:10 PDT 2017

OSGeo Marketing and Incubation Committees, OSGeo Board,

We (the OSGeo-Live team) would welcome broad discussion within OSGeo 
about about what projects we might retire from OSGeo-Live.

This is particularly relevant to OSGeo Marketing and Incubation 
activities as:

1. OSGeo-Live is a marketing tool for OSGeo projects.

2. I expect that a few of the candidate projects to retire from 
OSGeo-Live will be official OSGeo projects, which have previously passed 
incubation. A bigger question is whether we should retire these projects 
from being considered "OSGeo official projects".

Within the next couple of weeks, we will be discussing which projects we 
should be considering for retirement.

Should you wish to comment, please reply to discuss at lists.osgeo.org

Warm regards, Cameron

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Subject: 	[Live-demo] Reducing scope of OSGeo-Live for next 11.0 release
Date: 	Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:40:25 +0200
From: 	Astrid Emde (OSGeo) <astrid_emde at osgeo.org>
To: 	Live Demo <live-demo at lists.osgeo.org>, Discuss 
<discuss at lists.osgeo.org>

Reducing scope of OSGeo-Live for next 11.0 release

18 April 2017

For our next OSGeo-Live release, 11.0, we propose to reduce the number
of packages included, and only support a 64 bit distribution, (32 bit
will be built but not tested or officially supported).

Factors leading to this suggestion include:
1. Some projects have dwindling communities and momentum.
2. Increased OSGeo-Live scope has increased our core maintenance and
3. Reduced engagement from projects (partly due to less core time spent
reaching out to projects)
4. Missing our first release milestone in 9 years.

  From our options of reduce quality, become more efficient, increase
volunteer engagement, find a sponsor to support core activities, and
reduce scope, reducing scope is our most viable and acceptable option.
Other ideas are welcomed.

Questions we will ask in assessing which projects to keep include:
1. Is there an ACTIVE OSGeo-Live liaison person/people for the project?
Prior list is copied to "Contact" column at:
2. Has the Project Overview and Quickstart been reviewed and are they
current and complete?
3. Do OpenHub metrics reflect an active and healthy community:
4. Is the project being updated on OSGeo-Live with each release?

Key Milestones
   5-Jun-2017	OSGeo-Live Feature Freeze (final application versions
19-Jun-2017	OSGeo-Live delivered to UAT (final application versions
installed - Beta stage)
24-Jul-2017	OSGeo-Live Final ISO
14-Aug-2017 FOSS4G 2017 Boston

full schedule:

About OSGeo-Live
OSGeo-Live (http://live.osgeo.org) is a Lubuntu (http://lubuntu.net)
based distribution of Geospatial Open Source Software, available via a
Live DVD, Virtual Machine and USB. You can use OSGeo-Live to try a wide
variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything.

Greetings from th OSGeo-Live Team!


Astrid Emde
Charter Member
Open Source Geospatial Foundation
Live-demo mailing list
Live-demo at lists.osgeo.org

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