Meeting Report for 1/20/2010


Perfect attendance: Jecel Mattos de Assumpção Jr, Ken Causey, Bert Freudenberg, Craig Latta, Andreas Raab, Randal Schwartz, and Igor Stasenko were all present today.

Movement is slow but progressing on the MIT relicensing issue and our intent to join the Software Freedom Conservancy.  We are making one more attempt to contact contributors who have not returned signed re-licensing agreements and we will give them a couple of weeks to respond and after that we will take the result and submit it to the SFC for approval.  If they are satisfied with it we will label it Squeak 4.0 and will be functionally equivalent to the 3.10.2 release but fully under the MIT license.  This is a major requirement for our joining the SFC and once complete we are confident that the rest of the process is reasonably straightforward and hopefully completable on the order of a few weeks.

Once Squeak 4.0 has been released focus will turn to releasing a 4.1 based on the Trunk development work.  We are vaguely aiming at releasing this in March or April if all goes smoothly.

One of the issues regarding the release of Trunk development work is how to release an image that has had many packages removed and yet make those removals easily and obviously available for reinstallation to users who are new to Squeak.  Andreas brought this issue up on the squeak-dev mailing in hopes that someone would become interested and come up with a solution.  This has not happened as of yet and is a topic we continue to discuss.  The reality however is that Andreas and the rest of the Oversight Board have only so much time and other projects that require attention and this one is not likely to get sufficient attention from us before 4.1 is released.  Ultimately we will of course do the best we can to make external package installation as easy as possible, but we welcome better solutions than exist today.  Please give this issue some thought and if you have an idea, better yet a solution, please bring it to the attention of the community on the squeak-dev mailing list.

The Oversight Board election is coming up soon.  Look for campaigner’s comments, ensure you are registered to vote, and vote.

Our next meeting is scheduled for February 3, 2010.

2 Responses to “Meeting Report for 1/20/2010”

  1. Keith Says:

    “Andreas brought this issue up on the squeak-dev mailing in hopes that someone would become interested and come up with a solution.”

    — do you listen to yourselves, how insulting can you get, “in the hope”. What do you think the past 3 years of work I did was about. We thought of this FIRST and we developed the solution and it has been available and in use by the “developer image” for over 18 months.

    In a years time, when you fancy adopting an extreme programming, rapid release cycle pattern, are you going to “hope someone will work on a solution” all over again?

  2. Michael Haupt Says:

    Keith, seriously: run for the board.

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