[Incubator] Motion: Proposing Marble for OSGeo Graduation

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 00:57:14 PDT 2013

That would be good timing, I will have a look today.

Not sure about the precedent with respect to reviewing the code base yourself. While I understand the frustration of waiting, it is a bit of test on how seriously a project handles contributions.

 Do you know when the board meeting is?
Jody Garnett

On 12/09/2013, at 12:17, Arnulf Christl <arnulf.christl at metaspatial.net> wrote:

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> Folks,
> imho Marble is ready for graduation. They have done their chore, went
> through our lists (find the links below) updated their website to
> reflect their current status as incubating project. I have personally
> checked some 60% of the source code (because none of the developers
> found the time to do it). When talking to Torsten about this it became
> apparent that they did not really see the need because they are part
> of KDE community and strictly adhere to the KDE rules since inception
> of the project.
> I still found half a dozen issues, minor things, mainly missing
> license headers. One library had a permissive self made license, but
> we found it to be compatible. All other issues were addressed within
> max 10 days after me reporting them. Response was very good. A code
> checker gives regular status reports and all issues are available
> through well established KDE mechanisms.
> In general I am very impressed with the project and the way it is
> managed. The PSC is called the "maintainer group" and has a somewhat
> less formal structure than we have established for more commercial
> projects. One reason may be that there is no pressure from any
> commercial entity which might be pushing their agenda. It is a truly
> volunteer community project.
> Being part of KDE seems to have a good effect on the overall
> organization and set-up, everything is pretty transparent. The outward
> facing documentation is excellent (some of our own graduated projects
> could learn from this project).
> Marble comes with a lot of data all of which is excellently referenced
> and licensed.
> http://edu.kde.org/marble/data.php
> I believe that Marble will be a great addition to OSGeo and helps to
> round off the educational efforts of the Foundation by also reaching
> out to younger students and schools.
> Please read the status and code provenance pages and ask questions or
> confirm that you fill confident to go ahead with graduation:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Marble_Graduation_Checklist
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Marble_Incubation_Status
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Marble_Code_Provenance_Review
> We had hopes to be able to announce graduation at FOSS4G - but
> unfortunately I have probably sent this mail a little too late now.
> Lets see how things go.
> Cheers,
> Arnulf
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