[Live-demo] We think we can release OSGeoLive 6.0 two weeks early (For OSGIS) - with some help

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Jul 18 02:56:25 PDT 2012

Thanks Cameron and all.

Also for OSGIS 2012, we are running a workshop on 4th September  foccused on the Educational use of OSGeo Live , which aims to review the current state of how OSGeo and other free geospatial software and datasets are used in Universities, mainly in educational contexts, and discuss how the software could be better made advantage of especially by using the OSGeo Live. The workshop consists of invited talks and presentations selected from this call as well as of panel discussions, breakout sessions and other methods of collaboration.

Workshop topics are below:

* OSGeo and other free geospatial software in Universities
* Educational materials that use free geospatial software
* Packaging software and other digital materials for Ubuntu
* Experiences in delivering education using free geospatial software
* Experiences in packaging educational materials for geospatial
* Experiences in using OSGeo Live in Universities
* Experiences in using OSGeo Edu and other initiatives (OLPC, RPi etc) in Schools

Please submit a short abstract of your presentation (max 300 words) before July 31, 2012 to  ari.jolma at aalto.fi<mailto:ari.jolma at aalto.fi>
Details at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/osgis/home.aspx

A further aim of the workshop is to initiate a network of people skilled in the technology behind the OSGeo Live system and coordinate resources of OSGeo education and curriculum community for this purpose. We are looking forward to strong participation from the Educational and OSGeo Live DVD community for this.

Best wishes,


From: Cameron Shorter [mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com]
Sent: 18 July 2012 00:22
To: Angelos Tzotsos
Cc: live-demo at lists.osgeo.org; Suchith Anand; Ari Jolma; Angelos Tzotsos; OSGeo Discussions
Subject: Re: We think we can release OSGeoLive 6.0 two weeks early (For OSGIS) - with some help

As per email below,
We'd really like to bring our OSGeo-Live release schedule forward 2 weeks so that we will have a shiny new OSGeo-Live 6.0 ready for OSGIS and the Asian Geospatial Forum this September.

To achieve this, we will need to knock over all our critical bugs, and most major bugs within the next 7 days. Based on our current progress, and if we can get a little help (especially from projects with bugs), then we should be able to make this.  As per Angelos's comment below, we will make a call on moving the schedule in one week from today.

Please contact us via email or on irc://freenode.net#osgeolive if you are in a position to help, especially if you involved with one of the applications with a major/critical bug.

I propose to be meeting tomorrow, and probably daily afterwards on IRC to check on status:

Timeslot: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meetingdetails.html?year=2012&month=7&day=18&hour=20&min=30&sec=0&p1=264&p2=240&p3=215&p4=179&p5=224
Wellington<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=264> (New Zealand)

Thursday, 19 July 2012 at 8:30:00 AM


UTC+12 hours

Sydney<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=240> (Australia - New South Wales)

Thursday, 19 July 2012 at 6:30:00 AM


UTC+10 hours

Rome<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=215> (Italy)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 10:30:00 PM


UTC+2 hours

New York<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=179> (U.S.A. - New York)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 4:30:00 PM


UTC-4 hours

San Francisco<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=224> (U.S.A. - California)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 1:30:00 PM


UTC-7 hours

And lastly, a big thankyou goes out to the people who have been working in the background on OSGeoLive over the last few months making it as stable as it is - especially Angelos who has been leading the build efforts and testing applications.

On 18/07/2012 8:07 AM, Angelos Tzotsos wrote:

First of all, it would be great to have version 6.0 out sooner in order to support OSGIS.

Lets have a look at our status:
Right now we are in pretty good shape considering the openjdk7 transition. Moving 2 weeks back could mean that we might lose a couple of applications that perhaps won't be able to catch up with the new schedule.

As per http://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/report/10 we have 5 critical tickets and 5 major ones.

Our basic problems to hit RC status are: geonetwork issue, docs not building, udig with custom JRE, mapfish, osm apps.
During this last week we had a very good run and fixed some issues. If we keep up this pace we can make this new target.
We will definitely need to bring in help from the above projects to speed things up. So I propose to send an e-mail out and let everyone know about our status and the new schedule.

The new release dates would be something like 25/7 UAT and 13/8 Final. We have done only one beta, but we had pretty good alpha run and solved many issues so far.

One thing I am not sure about is the  availability of people involved due to vacation time...

I propose to make a beta 2 sprint until this Friday and build in Saturday. Then we can decide next Wednesday if a new build at that time will be RC1 (so we are go for the new schedule) or it will be beta 3 (and we slip back to previous schedule).



On 07/17/2012 11:42 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
Following on from Angelos's question about OSGeoLive target date, and a comment from Suchith below re OSGIS, I'd like to float the idea of bringing our schedule forward so that we can have OSGeo-Live 6.0 DVDs ready for OSGIS, (the UK regional conference, that has been selected to host FOSS4G next year in 2013).

OSGIS is 2 weeks earlier than our prior target date, and would mean bringing our schedule forward by 2 weeks.
Ie: From today:
2 weeks to UAT
4 weeks to Final ISO (leaving only 2 weeks for UAT instead of the usual 3 weeks)

This will be a tight deadline, and might result in some applications not being ready (and hence excluded).
I'm in favour of chasing this date, as I think it would be good to get the DVDs out to the OSGIS conference, but would like to hear from others on whether this is an achievable goal.

Current schedule (targeting mid Sept for foss4g 2012) is here:

On 18/07/2012 1:26 AM, Suchith Anand wrote:

Hi Cameron, we are planning to give OSGeo Live DVDs to all workshops participants. Also when is OSGeo 6 version planned release date. If you are thinking of Sep, then we will be happy to link it with OSGIS 2012, so there is good target to work for. Let me know your thoughts.


   November 2012, Open Source GIS and Webmapping Workshop

 * Vienna (Austria)
 * Waiting on Barend Köbben to provide website url once details are

   October 2012, INTERGEO 2012

 * Hannover Germany
 * OSGeo-Live 6.0 DVDs to be handed out
 * Lightening presentation
 * http://intergeo.de

   October 2012, Smart Korea 2012 in conjunction with OGC TC/PC Meeting

 * Seoul, Korea
 * OSGeo-Live 6.0 DVDs to be handed out
 * FOSS4G Korea will be held at the same period at the same venue
 * http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/1210tc

   September 2012, Asia GeoSpatial Forum

 * Hanoi, Vietnam. 17~19th, September
 * OSGeo-Live 6.0 DVDs to be handed out
 * Open Source GIS Session
 * http://www.asiageospatialforum.org/

   5 September 2012 Open Source GIS Conference (OSGIS)

 * Nottingham, United Kingdom
 * All day session: "Educational use of OSGeo Live" presented by Ari Jolma
 * http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/osgis/


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