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Month: December 2014

Re: [trinity-devel] TDE R14.0.0 release delay

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:55:37 -0600
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>> Give it a couple weeks to mirror.  Right now we are having some issues
>> with our primary mirror (see the threads by Mike Bird on this list), and
>> the financial state of the project cannot support a high bandwidth to
>> upload them faster.
> Weeks?!?

Donations have dropped off sharply over the past two years (probably due
to the lack of new releases); believe it or not I pull in less than 15% of
my total *operating* costs (this does not include the cost of the
equipment itself).  This is a large donation on my part to the project, in
addition to the heavy development I have done on TDE over the past 6
years, and I cannot continue to bleed cash on the required scale just to
have a faster upload of packages I don't even use.  From what I gather
this is the sad state of affairs in many open source projects these days;
this is all probably related to global economic issues but I cannot be

I am hoping R14 will revitalize the project financially and I can then
revisit these decisions, but for now I am constrained by factors outside
of my control.  TDE will continue to exist (a GIT server is quite cheap),
but the future form of this project will be determined by our users in the
coming months.

>> Sorry about the delay; I wish I could improve the speed but external
>> factors impose constraints as always. :-)
> I would have thought minimal QA was to ensure all mirrors were ready
> before pushing the official announcement. Carts and horses and all that.

They were, but the RPM builds were not ready.  I made an administrative
decision to release R14 at this time as the source was ready and the
Debian/Ubuntu builds were ready.  I considered that it would do more
damage to both halt development for that length of time and spread out the
"release" (thus causing loss of visibility) than it would to simply delay
the RPM build availability.

While TDE has grown significantly from its early days we are still very
small compared to large corporate-sponsored projects like KDE, Gnome,
systemd, etc.  This means our development process will, by nature, be
slower and bumpier than that of the larger projects.

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