[Etoile-dev] Summary of the Etoile conference, 28th of April 2007
Posted by Quentin Mathé on April 30, 2007 - 20:25:
Here's a quick summary of the chat conf we had two evenings ago...
Participants were Yen-Ju, Jesse, Nicolas and me.
1/ LiveCD release
- Nicolas won't be able to work on Étoilé again until October, due to
PhD and work. In the next three weeks, it seems really difficult to
him to work on the LiveCD. So I voluntered to take over from him
unless somebody else want to do it :-) I will recreate an environment
for building the LiveCD from scratch (will now be built on Ubuntu
Feisty Fawn LiveCD). To help in this process, Nicolas sent me the
current LiveCD scripts. I hope to succeed in two or three weeks.
- Nicolas sent Login Panel and Sketch applications to Yen-Ju who is
on the way to make improvements and bug fixes necessary for the
LiveCD release. Yen-Ju committed both applications to the repository
during the past two days.
- Focus will be put on core elements like System, MenuServer, Azalea,
AZDock etc. rather than polished applications for this release. We
don't have enough manpower for now and it's better to have a stable
foundation to begin with.
- Release planned in next three weeks (a bit behind our initial tight
schedule which targeted May 1st)
2/ Sync -stable and -trunk
- Yen-Ju is moving everything we want into -stable by this week
(probably during the next week-end). Various new modules like
IconKit, Login Panel, Sketch will move to -stable. The stable branch
will be used for final LiveCD release 0.2 and probably also for
Étoilé release 0.2. Once sync is done, we should have around two
weeks reserved for testing and last minutes bug fixes before LiveCD
is finally released.
- Jabber/StepChat will surely be part of LiveCD release since David
is proactively working on GNUstep version (with Jesse's help). David
wasn't present at the conference so we discussed Jabber with Jesse.
StepChat works on Mac but not yet on GNUstep (though it already
compiles and runs). On the day after, we chatted with David who
confirmed Jesse assertions :-)
4/ Open Bugs
- Yen-Ju and I debated about bugs remaining to fix in Grr and
DictionaryReader. We come to the conclusion both applicatiosn are
going to stay in their current state since they already work and we
are too many things to do right now. To quote Yen-Ju: "Well, I have
to say there is no way for us to fix all bugs before release." :-)
- After that, we dicussed probably the only blocker bug which remains
to be fixed. On my machine, Azalea always freeze after an elapsed
time which varies between 3 and 10 minutes max of use. Nicolas and I
observed the same bug at FOSDEM with first LiveCD version. If anybody
encounters this bug too, we would really interested to hear from
you :-) Specially since I seem to be the only one experimenting it by
5/ Maintainers and Modules Without Official ones
- In the middle of Open Bugs topic, we discussed about the need of
new maintainers for modules like Grr, DictionaryReader, Vindaloo,
RSSKit, PDFKit, Addresses etc. It becomes more critical with Günther
departure. However we have decided it's better to continue
development in an informal way at least for this release. We hope the
LiveCD could bring new developers that may eventually take over
- Yen-Ju will merge Outerspace in -trunk as a temporary solution for
file manager. Therefore it will replace GWorkspace on final LiveCD
release. Space was phased out because of an unresolved bug in Io. Yen-
Ju has also begun to work on a new OpenSpace version based on initial
Saso's project. All this work will probably be merged in a single
file manager with most of features provided by frameworks.
Thanks to all and sorry for the moving date of this conference
initially planned on April 8th.
By the way, next conference is not yet planned.
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