[Qgis-developer] Stress about release plans

Paolo Cavallini cavallini at faunalia.it
Tue Jul 22 04:40:45 PDT 2014

Il 22/07/2014 13:21, Jonathan Moules ha scritto:

> Fair point, but then I'd ask - what would the cost be? Is it not something that can
> be covered by the current sponsorship given that a significant (or maybe just
> significantly vocal ;-) ) portion of the community seems to be interested in it?

simple answer: not. we would need more sponsors and donors for that.

> I've
> tried finding the financials for QGIS but failed; are they online publically available?

the normal way is approaching one of the core developers and asking for a quote; the
issue here is that I'm sure the burden could be shared among several organizations,
but engineering the financial mechanism for this would be tricky.

> And this also goes back to the other questions I asked - how do other Open Source
> projects do it? I know GeoServer has no central pot and a much smaller community yet
> maintains multiple branches (at least 3!).

their funding and development model is quite different, not easy to compare the two

> Just throwing money at a problem won't necessarily resolve it in the most efficient
> way possible. Knowing where it went wrong last time and how other projects do it
> seems like a logical starting place.

right; IMHO the most simple yet correct way is to hire someone to do the backports
and the release of the bugfix versions. not a trivial task though - it is quite easy
to introduce new bugs while fixing old ones, so no guarantee that blind backporting
actually improves the quality of the package.

thanks for your interest.
all the best.
Paolo Cavallini - www.faunalia.eu
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