Category Archives: Koha

Some Catalyst stats from Koha 3.16.0

For 3.16.0 there have been a total of 1262 changesets from 77 different developers.

Catalyst submitted 44 of those changes, and the Catalyst Academy another 13.  Also Catalyst signed off (tested) 172 patches, and the Academy students signed off another 21.

I want to make a special mention of Aleisha Amohia here, who has been coming in to Catalyst every couple of weeks for a few hours after school to test patches.  She has 1 patch and 8 signoffs in Koha 3.16.0

 

 

Who drives the bus?

In late April I attended a symposium on supporting cultural heritage with open source software. It was a great symposium, with lots of very interesting discussion. One thing was brought to my attention though, that I wanted to write about here, is that there was a perception that the development of features in Koha is driven by the developers. I’m not sure how this was arrived at but it couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact of the many thousand features in Koha, less than 50 (and 50 is probably too high) have come from anything other than directly from a library’s desire.
Developers may drive things like the switch to Template::Toolkit, or adding DBIX::Class, but almost every end user feature has come as a result of a library asking for it. There are no focus groups, no marketing departments deciding what features to add based on what they think people will buy. Features are added to meet the needs of users, when/if those needs are articulated.

I’ll finish with this quote from irc

oh except that time .. when katipo decided to write an ils just for fun, then forced HLT to use it

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

Finally that’s over – PTFS/Liblime Trademark on Koha not registered

As most of you are aware on Wednesday we found out that the Trademark application had been rejected. Which is a massive relief for all involved in the Koha project. To quote myself:

 

“While it hasn’t slowed down the progress of Koha, it has been a dark shadow hanging over us for nearly four years,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in helping us, the many people who donated money, Buddle Findlay for representing the trust, my employer Catalyst, and AJ Pietras and Co who provided legal support, as well as the many thousands of people who sent well-wishes.”

Here is a list of the publicity around this decision.

Please let me know if you spot any more