While I was at Kiwifoo, my dad turned 70. He’s a pretty awesome fulla, and a great role model. Here are a couple of my favourite photos from when he was younger.
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.
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 ?”
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)
|Developers with the most changed lines|
Catalyst Open Source Academy : 11 (7.9%)
Catalyst Open Source Academy : 328 (5.7%)
Catalyst Open Source Academy 11 (3.4%)
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
- 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.
- 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
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