[Live-demo] Dropping broken packages from OSGeo-Live 10.5

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 13:31:35 PDT 2017

Hi all,

We, the OSGeo-Live team, have been struggling to get the latest 
OSGeo-Live 10.5 release out due to quality issues. During our testing 
sprint, we have found many issues such as:
* Referenced layers from being unavailable,
* Quickstarts being out of date with applications, (especially 
screenshots being wrong)
* And some broken applications.

With this this release that we are running into a mismatch between 
aggregate volunteer hours available, and amount of work required. In 
particular, collectively we've had less volunteers from each project 
committing to updating and testing their applications and quickstarts. 
This may be in part our fault for not chasing enough, or for doing more 
and more of the work and having others then expect this from us.

But for whatever reason, we are going to have to make some hard 
decisions with regards to getting this release out. We don't want to 
compromise on quality, so we will be commenting out applications which 
are not working or have significant issues with quickstarts.

Projects which have been earmarked to be commented out are below (there 
may be others we find)

* PyWPS https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1886
* Cesium https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1898
* Java World Wind https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1900 
* Iris https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1360

Projects with issues being looked into:

* QGIS https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1897
* GeoNode https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1442
* ZOO-Project https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1431

If you can help with fixing or testing applications then we will be 
super grateful. You can talk with us on Live-demo AT lists.osgeo.org

* 30 March 2017: Finish accepting fixes/patches. Comment out broken 
* 31 March: Build OSGeo-Live 10.5RC2
* 1-2 April: Testing sprint of 10.5RC2
* 4 April: Final release

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