[Live-demo] Goals and schedule for OSGeo-Live 4.5

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 12:01:32 PST 2010

We are starting to build the 4.5 OSGeo-Live <http://live.osgeo.org> DVD 
and want to hear from all included projects, translators, packagers, 
users, testers or others who wish to help improve OSGeo-Live. OSGeo-Live 
4.5 will be released mid March 2011, ready for a number of big 
GeoSpatial conferences soon after.

Focus on this next release will be on improved Quality and Translating 

    Packaged projects - which version?

Could each project please tell us which version is intended to be 
included. Status is maintained here 
Understanding what will, or will not change helps us coordinate 
reviewers and testers. We will be building from the Xubuntu 10.04 base, 
which is the same as last release.

If you have a established, stable project which you would like included 
on OSGeo-Live, then please talk to us about it.

    Use Natural Earth dataset for examples

In order to ensure consistency and reduce disk space used, we ask that, 
where appropriate, examples use the common Natural Earth dataset, as 
explained here 


We expect to have main pages, Project Overviews and possibly OGC 
Standard Overviews translated into multiple languages for this next 
release. People have already translated much of the documentation into 
German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Greek.

Could all projects please update your English Project Overviews as soon 
as you can to give translators enough time to translate.

Please contact us if you are able to help with translation, or would 
like to translate a new language. The process is described here 

    Quick Starts

Half the packaged projects had Quick Starts written for the last release 
(4.0) and we'd like to see Quick Starts for all projects for the next 
release. One of our users has volunteered to review Quick Starts for 
usability and help projects capture screen grabs. This is a big job and 
we'd like to hear from anyone else who'd can help out.

Again, could projects please update Quick Starts early to allow time for 
review and screen grabs.

    User Testing

With ~ 50 applications to be packaged on the next OSGeo-Live, our core 
OSGeo-Live team have not had time to run all the Quickstart 
applications. We would really like some help. If you have very little 
experience with OSGeo software, then all the better, as you would be 
like a typical first time user of OSGeo-Live.

Running this user testing is one of the best ways to become familiar 
with the breath of OSGeo Software available. If interested, please join 
the OSGeo List, and start running Quick Starts as soon as they have been 
completed by projects.

    OGC Standard Overviews

The OGC have already written one page overviews 
<http://live.osgeo.org/standards/standards.html> for half the OGC 
standards and have committed to writing up the remaining standards for 
then next release. We will be calling on the standards community to help 
review these standards to ensure they are accurate, clear and 

    Key Milestones

    24 Jan 2011 Application Overviews ready for Review 
    31 Jan 2011 Application Feature Freeze 
    21 Feb 2011 Deliver to User Acceptance Test 
    14 Mar 2011 Final sent to printers 

... full schedule 

    About OSGeo-Live

OSGeo-live is an XUbuntu <http://xubuntu.org> based distribution of 
Geospatial Open Source Software, available via a Live DVD, Virtual 
Machine and soon to be released USB. You can use OSGeo-Live to try a 
wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing 

    Contact Us?

Website: http://live.osgeo.org

Mailing List: http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/live-demo

or contact Cameron Shorter directly at: cameronD O TshorterATlisasoftD O 

Source: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc_Press_Release_11

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Director
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254

Think Globally, Fix Locally
Geospatial Solutions enhanced with Open Standards and Open Source

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