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Re: [Debian-sf-devel] New alexandria BASELINE: should we openup a new o

From: Christian BAYLE
Subject: Re: [Debian-sf-devel] New alexandria BASELINE: should we openup a new one ? Where ?
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 01:00:10 +0100

Tim Uckun wrote:
> >I wouldn't really ever expect an active, quality open source project to come
> >out of VA Linux. At the time that I bailed out, it was clear that the company
> >was thrashing and not able to sell their services, since the open source code
> >was available for free. Virtually no one was paying to have the SF system
> >installed, and no one was buying the "big" install services. The companies
> >that could afford the "big deals" already had the resources to install and
> >modify the code themselves.
> Speaking as a mid level management guy (and a hacker) it was worth it for
> me to pay someone to install sourceforge. Not 40K which VA wanted (we just
> can't afford that kind of money) but a couple of thousand certainly is not
> out of  the question. Unfortunately the guys I hired to do the install were
> naive about how long it would take and did not allocate enough time to it.
> Therefore here I am trying to make the damned thing work.  Right now the
> generic install (as performed by the contractors) is not functional. I have
> already found some bugs and fixed them and tracking more down as I
> can.  The debian package will not install at all at this point and I am
> trying to get into the bottom of that too. It's been quite furstrating to
> say the least.
For the debian package the maintainers are very interested, in what
makes that you can't install
Can you join us on IRC channel #debian-sf to tell us what
is not working, what is blocking?

> I guess what I am trying to say is that I do see a market for sourceforge
> in the business world. It's a complicated thing to install and set up and I
> think that if someone could deliver a turnkey type of solution for under 5K
> It might find a market in the medium sized buisnesses (especially if you
> add some groupware functionality like calendars or email reading)
> >I'm willing to put in significant effort -- and my obvious expertise with SF
> >-- on an active, open source, GPL fork of the code. I think a project name 
> >and
> >hosting location should be chosen, a new CVS tree and mailing lists should be
> >set up and a base 2.6 release should be rolled out to freshmeat and then we
> >should get busy and radically improve/clean up the system.
> >
> >Since the current SF software was always written with the intention that it
> >was centered around, if we were to jettison that preconception, we
> >could make huge changes and cleanups to the codebase pretty quickly.
> I'm in if you need help. I am pretty good at php coding and decent at perl.
> Right now I am 50/50 as to whether I want to continue to try and SF working
> or go on to something else. TUTOS, phpgroupware and projeckt (a zope
> product) seem to have limited capability to do some of the stuff SF
> does.  None of them have the depth of SF but all of them offer a calender
> module.  I would rather have a pure php solution myself so I would welcome
> the challenge of working to make SF better.
> :wq
> Tim Uckun
> US Investigations Services/Due Diligence
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