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

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at lisasoft.com
Wed Dec 16 13:46:59 PST 2009

I've just ented the German speaking fossgis conference dates into our
schedule, and realise that the proposed 3.0 release date is after your
conference. If you wish to have a new LiveDVD release for your conference,
then we could either:
* move the 3.0 release forward (not my preference as I don't think we will
get sufficient uptake from packages in time)
* put out a minor release for the German speaking FOSS conference, which
would probably consist of upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10, and possibly introducing
German localisation, if a volunteer steps forward.

The key here is the level of interest and hence effort that the German
community put forward in order to drive a release through. I hope that you
can comment on that.

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 8:41 PM, Judit Mays <mays at lat-lon.de> wrote:

> Hello,
> 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,
> Judit
> [1] the only page I found with at least some English contents:
> http://www.fossgis.de/konferenz/wiki/2010/Call_for_Papers
> 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.
> >

Cameron Shorter
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