[Qgis-developer] [Qgis-user] Stress about release plans

Lene Fischer lfi at ign.ku.dk
Mon Jul 21 09:25:24 PDT 2014

Hi Kari,
Yes we do support - bugfixing/testing, make blog with help/tutorials, co-translating into Danish language and next in May 2015 we host the hackfest for the developers.
We also try to convince others to do the same :)

Fra: Kari Salovaara [mailto:kari.salovaara at pp1.inet.fi]
Sendt: 21. juli 2014 17:50
Til: Lene Fischer; qgis-developer at lists.osgeo.org; qgis-user at lists.osgeo.org
Emne: Re: [Qgis-user] Stress about release plans

Hi Lene,

Does Your proposal mean that those universities, which start to use QGIS and QGIS based material for education, start to support QGIS development financially and with other resources like man power for testing, fixing etc. ?


On 07/21/2014 06:35 PM, Lene Fischer wrote:


This is not a mail about bugs or issues on a special feature - just a matter of time.

Right now I´m preparing a 3 week intensive GIS course at university level - looking forward to these annual events. But I get stressed when I see that there are only 94 days until next version of QGIS. Because in November I start over again with a 8 week course and in February a 3 week course, in may a 3 week course. All in all we have more than 140 students learning QGIS every year - and they are impressed of this program!!!

I love getting new features in the program, but fear the work to run through every assignment, every video and being a bit unsure how the program works in the latest version on the different platforms.

Small changes which I haven´t noticed and therefore unaware of. So a new version so soon gives me a lot of stress and so many hours of work -  hours which could be used to ex. testing.

When I ask users to download the program they take the official latest version - sometimes with bugs included... It gives an impression of an unprofessional product (not my words), it gives me- and others hard times to fix or explain. I´ve been talking to other users/administrators who has the same experience.

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What if we had :

&#61623                    A long term stable version for ex. 12 months with bugfix only

&#61623                    A developer version for 4 months with new features and bugfixes => Stable version with short bugfix-period => New developer........

I do know it will give the developers more work - I do know it will cost more money - But I´m sure a lot of administrators will recommend,  use and support if we get a more stable environment.

So please - consider another release plan in the future.


Lene Fischer
Associate Professor

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
University of Copenhagen

MOB +45 40115084
lfi at ign.ku.dk<mailto:lfi at ign.ku.dk>



Kari Salovaara

Hanko, Finland

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."

 ~ Elizabeth Andrew
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