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International FOSS developer cooperation

A few weeks ago my laptop died so I needed to buy a new one.  As I am heading off to Atlanta for the  Supporting Cultural Heritage Open Source Software Symposium, I thought hmm, I could get a System76 laptop and pick it up when I’m there.

Equinox Software  support both Evergreen and Koha and are based in Atlanta, even though I have never met most of them, they agreed to have the laptop  delivered there. So when I get to Atlanta, I will go pick it up, exchange some beers, then go back to my hotel and check out my presentation out of git ready for the next day.

So thanks to a company that specialises in Linux laptops, and another that specialises in FOSS library software, I will have a brand new laptop running Linux in 3 days time.

That’s not what they asked.

If someone is excited about doing something, and is asking if anyone would like to help. And if your response is to lecture them on what they should be doing instead, then maybe just keep quiet.

They didn’t ask if you wanted to critique them, just if you wanted to collaborate.

But what do I know, let’s just bikeshed it to death.

Koha dropping security support

The Koha developers and users have decided that security and privacy of libraries and their users data is no longer a concern. When asked about this decision, Chris Cormack, one of the original Koha developers said: “Naw, it’s not really an issue anymore”. When pressed about the decision to store users passwords in plain text after 15 years of encryption/hashing, he said “Hey, if no one else is going to bother safeguarding the data, why should we ?”

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Summary of the Catalyst Academy Koha group – 2014

This year we had 8 students working on the Koha project as part of the Catalyst Open Source Academy. They all were very productive as the statistics below show.

The number of patches pushed  (and the percentage of the ones pushed that week)

Francesca Moore 2 1.4%
Roman Amor 2 1.4%
alex_h 2 1.4%
daniel 1 0.7%
Aleisha Amohia 1 0.7%
Emma Heath 1 0.7%
Tom Houlker 1 0.7%
merllissia 1 0.7%

 

Developers with the most changed lines
Tom Houlker 245 4.2%
 Roman Amor 36 0.6%
Aleisha Amohia 23 0.4%
Francesca Moore 10 0.2%
alex_h 6 0.1%
merllissia 3 0.1%
Emma Heath 3 0.1%
daniel 2 0.0%

 Patches contributed

Catalyst Open Source Academy : 11 (7.9%)

Lines changed

Catalyst Open Source Academy : 328 (5.7%)

Signoffs

Catalyst Open Source Academy   11 (3.4%)

2013 – WTF Happened?

With still 9 days to go I’ve decided to do a bit of a wrap up for the year.

It was a pretty massive year in a lot of ways starting with

Koha

  • This year we had the highest number of commits ever, as of today 2619 commits
  • 82 different people had code committed into Koha
  • 32 were new developers
  • At least (probably about 4 times this many really) 167 libraries liberated themselves by moving to Koha
  • 3.12 and 3.14 were released on time and with no major issues
  • Kohacon in Reno was a great time.
  • The NZ trademark issue was finally settled with the Community winning it’s challenge to Liblime/PTFS’s application.
  • I wrote 50 patches, signed off 182 patches, did QA on 72 and when doing release maintenance pushed 248.

Personal Stuff

  • Maui came to the 4th birthday party of Te Po Atarau.
  • Kahurangi turned 7 and had a space party.
  • I turned 40
  • Laurel had ankle reconstruction surgery, that resulted in a bunch of complications that meant I did the school run for most of the year.
  • I gave 11 presentations. (It would have been 12 but I bailed on one)
  • I survived 3 Whisky O’Clocks
  • I travelled 36,577 km