[OSGeo-Discuss] Goals and schedule for OSGeo-Live 4.5
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 12:01:32 PST 2010
We are starting to build the 4.5 OSGeo-Live <http://live.osgeo.org> DVD
and want to hear from all included projects, translators, packagers,
users, testers or others who wish to help improve OSGeo-Live. OSGeo-Live
4.5 will be released mid March 2011, ready for a number of big
GeoSpatial conferences soon after.
Focus on this next release will be on improved Quality and Translating
Packaged projects - which version?
Could each project please tell us which version is intended to be
included. Status is maintained here
Understanding what will, or will not change helps us coordinate
reviewers and testers. We will be building from the Xubuntu 10.04 base,
which is the same as last release.
If you have a established, stable project which you would like included
on OSGeo-Live, then please talk to us about it.
Use Natural Earth dataset for examples
In order to ensure consistency and reduce disk space used, we ask that,
where appropriate, examples use the common Natural Earth dataset, as
We expect to have main pages, Project Overviews and possibly OGC
Standard Overviews translated into multiple languages for this next
release. People have already translated much of the documentation into
German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Greek.
Could all projects please update your English Project Overviews as soon
as you can to give translators enough time to translate.
Please contact us if you are able to help with translation, or would
like to translate a new language. The process is described here
Half the packaged projects had Quick Starts written for the last release
(4.0) and we'd like to see Quick Starts for all projects for the next
release. One of our users has volunteered to review Quick Starts for
usability and help projects capture screen grabs. This is a big job and
we'd like to hear from anyone else who'd can help out.
Again, could projects please update Quick Starts early to allow time for
review and screen grabs.
With ~ 50 applications to be packaged on the next OSGeo-Live, our core
OSGeo-Live team have not had time to run all the Quickstart
applications. We would really like some help. If you have very little
experience with OSGeo software, then all the better, as you would be
like a typical first time user of OSGeo-Live.
Running this user testing is one of the best ways to become familiar
with the breath of OSGeo Software available. If interested, please join
the OSGeo List, and start running Quick Starts as soon as they have been
completed by projects.
OGC Standard Overviews
The OGC have already written one page overviews
<http://live.osgeo.org/standards/standards.html> for half the OGC
standards and have committed to writing up the remaining standards for
then next release. We will be calling on the standards community to help
review these standards to ensure they are accurate, clear and
24 Jan 2011 Application Overviews ready for Review
31 Jan 2011 Application Feature Freeze
21 Feb 2011 Deliver to User Acceptance Test
14 Mar 2011 Final sent to printers
... full schedule
OSGeo-live is an XUbuntu <http://xubuntu.org> based distribution of
Geospatial Open Source Software, available via a Live DVD, Virtual
Machine and soon to be released USB. You can use OSGeo-Live to try a
wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing
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