[osgeo4w-dev] Binaries Packaging - A Strategic Investment

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Wed Mar 21 12:32:07 EDT 2012

I spy a GSOC project idea: Packaging automation & a guide to train new
packagers based on the automated system.
Maybe with Frank and Alan as mentors?

Should we also consider doing a packaging session at the sprint at
Foss4gNA? Alan will you be there to teach packaging for debian/ubuntu?


On 03/20/2012 11:35 PM, cavallini at faunalia.it wrote:
> Good point, agreed fully.
> Thanks for raising this out.
> Ready to help of necessary.
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> Da: "Frank Warmerdam" <warmerdam at pobox.com>
> A: "OSGeo-Board" <board at lists.osgeo.org>
> Cc: "Alan Boudreault" <aboudreault at mapgears.com>, "Brian Hamlin" <maplabs at light42.com>, "osgeo4w-dev" <osgeo4w-dev at lists.osgeo.org>, <ubuntu at lists.osgeo.org>
> Oggetto: [osgeo4w-dev] Binaries Packaging - A Strategic Investment
> Data: mer, mar 21, 2012 07:04
> Folks,
> I've mentioned this before, and I don't have anything surprising to add now.
> I just wanted to bump this topic.
> I believe that producing good quality integrated distributions of OSGeo
> binary software for a major user platforms is strategically important for
> OSGeo and would be worth an investment of moderate amounts of money to
> promote.
> For me two packaging efforts stick out, though I might be biased.
> 1) OSGeo4W - I think the Windows environment is (still?) very important and
> OSGeo4W is a credible community effort to satisfy it that could benefit
> from more involvement, polish and a broader package set.
> 2) Debian/Ubuntu/LiveDVD - I believe that Ubuntu is today the dominant
> desktop/server linux system and that the packaging efforts of the DebianGIS,
> UbuntuGIS and LiveDVD groups build on one another and provide high impact.
> If board members or community members see high impact and reasonably
> priced opportunities to extend these efforts with OSGeo money I hope
> they will come forward with them.  I'd also like to see us do more on the
> OSGeo web site, with case studies, etc to promote these package suites
> in a manner appropriate to their level of readiness.
> I also think the MacOS environment is very important but I'm not entirely
> clear on the best way of addressing that.  Good ideas on this aspect are
> also welcome.
> Best regards,
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