[Live-demo] Release 3.0 and 4.0 schedule + draft press release

Judit Mays mays at lat-lon.de
Wed Dec 16 01:41:32 PST 2009


I would like to mention the German speaking FOSSGIS conference [1],
March 2nd-5th 2010. I assume this might be too soon for the next
OSGeo-Disc (version 3.0)?

I agree with Hamish to first solve the naming problem before a press
release. I also favour Cameron's intention to inform people before
season vacation.

When I joined this list in mid year, I thought Arramagong was a cool
name for a conference handout in Australia. At that point I didn't know
about the GISVM/LiveDVD project's broader approach, and I am still not
sure about all aspects to it...

I thought Arramagong was a release name, like Karmic Koala is for Ubuntu
9.10. And I thought this a perfect idea, to have a release name that
suits the conference hosting country so well as does Arramagong.

May be this might help to find a naming for the future? Even if it was
just a misunderstanding on my side, it might be a common
misunderstanding? Therefore I would suggest the regular standard name to
be fairly "boring" (technical, matter of factly) and add a touch of
spices with the yearly conference location giving some local touch.
"Gaudi" comes to my mind when thinking of Barcelona, and it would match
the next years conference logo as well. But please come up with
something else all together if you feel inspired...

By the way, I seem to miss discussions on the projects contents like:
when did you guys talk about and decide that there should be 2 major
releases each year? My impression from the mails on this list was a
drift towards one major release towards FOSS4G and another minor half a
year later. I am wondering where these decisions are made and by whom? I
am just interested in the decision process.

Don't get me wrong. I am not overly interested to have it this way or
that. There might be ups and downs for both ways.

Some downs for two major releases from my perspective are:
* it would weaken my splendid idea of a conference-special-spicy-name
for the product ;-)
* some projects might decide to only update their GISVM/LiveDVD-versions
for the annual gathering of tribes (FOSS4G), as the work involved might
be too much if you can't find volunteers willing to go through the
process twice a year.

Happy to hear your thoughts,

[1] the only page I found with at least some English contents:

Cameron Shorter schrieb:
> I've put together a draft schedule at:
> http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=tMRaCwabv7SiIG3moHEfMrQ&hl=en_GB
> And I'm interested to hear feedback on whether people think this is
> good. Note: I have 6 weeks factored in from Feature Freeze to Final
> Release, to allow for testing.
> Alex, I'm interested to know the dates up the upcoming conferences so
> that we can ensure we have the 3.0 DVD ready in time for it.
> I also have a draft press release which I think we should send out in a
> couple of days calling on projects to contribute toward the Live DVD.
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc_Press_Release_1
> Again, looking for feedback on this too.

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