[GRASS5] Help the developers!

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Wed Jan 29 05:48:38 EST 2003

More thoughts on this.

If we discuss features for development
than we might miss real developers time.

On the other hand the frequency of releases
do not always depend on developers time.

Every user should know that:

	- Bugs are in the code, 
	because we do not get enough help with testing 

	- Time is missing for core development,
	because we do not get enough help with non-core develpment tasks

Every interested user can learn non-development tasks:

	- help with the webpages

		Knowledge (can be aquired subsequently):
			- HTML-basics (easy)
			- checkout web source via CVS (easy)
			- use diff and send a patch 
			- use CVS write access

			- subscribe to weblist 
				=> Can start answering questions

			- send patches to weblist
			- get CVS write access for webpages

	- help answering user questions

	- help testing intermediate versions

On Wed, Jan 29, 2003 at 11:06:42AM +0100, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 29, 2003 at 10:44:05AM +0100, Markus Neteler wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 28, 2003 at 07:46:19PM +0100, Bernhard Reiter wrote:

> > > This mostly means that the improvement can be delayed,
> > > because most people don't care. 
> > 
> > Here we have to distinguish between
> >  - developers who don't have time or who don't care
> >  - users who care and are not able to compile CVS HEAD. Especially
> >    for the users the slow release frequency is a problem:
> > 
> >    E.g. r.mapcalc was fixed weeks ago as well as NVIZ for tcl8.4. But
> >    only a few people can benefit from this bugfix.
> > 
> > This problem we should resolve soon,
> We should make it more easy and educate more interesting users 
> to help testing prereleases and possible (still experimental) bug fixes.

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