[osgeo4w-dev] Steps Forward for OSGeo4W

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Tue Apr 9 22:18:59 PDT 2013


Jurgen, Paolo, Tamas and I had a small private discussion on
issues with OSGeo4W and things that might be done.  I'd like to
return this discussion now to the main list for the community at

I'll summarize the items I'm keen on:

1) I think it is time to establish an OSGeo4W Project Steering
Committee as a means to ensure that decisions can actually get
made with regard to OSGeo4W.  I'd be willing to draft some
preliminary documents in this regard and I'd like to suggest at
least Jürgen Fischer, Tamas Szekeres, Matt Wilkie and myself as
initial members.  Also perhaps Hirofumi Hayashi or one of the other
folks who worked on the Japanese support and related improvements?

2) I'd like to see us move a central development server on which
many of the core packages (mostly libraries) can be rebuilt by any
of the core developers to make it easier to do upgrades, and to take
care of important packages.  Alex Mandel has provided a windows VM
at UCDavis that I hope might be suitable for this purpose.

3) I'd like to see us think about 64 windows support.  It might mean
supporting 32bit and 64bit or even leaping as far as just shipping
64 bit binaries.

4) I'd like to see us put a little more process into place for testing
and perhaps actually assemble periodic releases in a working area
without subjecting the world to breakage when someone (often me)
breaks a low level package.

I'd appreciate feedback from the community on the above, and
suggestions of other issues of importance.  Most importance in
some ways is the PSC idea as settling that makes other items
easier to work out with some conclusiveness.

Best regards,
I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam,
warmerdam at pobox.com
light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
and watch the world go round - Rush    | Geospatial Software Developer
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