[Qgis-developer] A roadmap to QGIS 2.0

Andreas Neumann a.neumann at carto.net
Tue Jan 18 09:04:12 EST 2011

 Hi all,

 I like your enthusiasm. However, a release of 2.0 in September at 
 Fossgis, with two additional in between releases, sounds a bit too 
 ambitious to me. Maybe we also shouldn't put too much pressure on us 
 just because the Fossgis conference is happening. There should be a 
 release (maybe 1.8), but it should not be 2.0 in my opinion. Let's save 
 2.0 until it is really ready and of good quality.

 Also, I would prefer fewer, more stable features and bug fixes, over 
 too many new features that aren't ready for the average user. To me the 
 switch to the new labeling and symbology engine is a priority (but there 
 is still a lot of work to do!), as well as the multi-threading branch 
 and the table joins. The new rasters and on-the-fly raster reprojection 
 would also be nice.

 Releasing 2.0 and still no table joins seems to be less than ideal to 
 me and will likely be criticized (e.g. in feature comparisons with other 
 GIS). I'd rather invest more time on the really needed stuff that a 
 basic 2D GIS should deliver, than in 3D. 3D, in my opinion, can wait for 
 2.0 and would then justify the 2.0 release feature wise.

 This is just my opinion as a user/organization who has to rely on QGIS 
 in daily work.

 Thanks to all of you developers for your efforts!


 On Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:05:56 +0200, Tim Sutton wrote:
> Hi All
> I think its time to start thinking about getting 2.0 'out'. What do
> others think? The major goal would be to
> - clean up the api and remove cruft / inelegant parts / backwards
> compatibility wrappers
> - do an overhaul of the api docs and get it to a good state (doxygen 
> wise)
> - get rid of old labelling completely
> - get rid of old symbology completely
> - merge many of the plugins directly into trunk (north arrow, gps,
> coordinate capture, delimited text, georeferencer, some form of 
> raster
> colours / 1 band raster colour table etc.)
> - capitalise on the bug fixing work of SunilRaj from kCube so that 
> his
> time is going into stabilising for a 2.0 release
> - show the world that we have reached the next level of maturity and
> functionality
> -
> As such I would propose the following time line
> (http://www.qgis.org/wiki/Release_Checklists)
> Release Checklist 1.7 - Not yet named 	1 April 2011
>   Introduce threaded rendering, raster on the fly projection, 3D 
> globe mode
> Release Checklist 1.8 - Not yet named 	1 July 2011
>   Full GUI freeze for 2.0, no more old symbology, old labelling
> Release Checklist 2.0 - Not yet named 	1 September 2010
>   API changes finalised, all deprecation wrappers removed, API docs
> tidied up.
> The timing would allow us to have 2.0 ready to make a splash at the
> next FOSS4G conference.
> Any comments? Does this work for others? Any other major additions
> folks think should be in place before QGIS goes out?
> I look forward to your feedback,
> Regards
> Tim
> --
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> Manager)
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