a few weeks ago. I said then that I would start a thread about it,
and here it is.
There were a number of factors which doomed the previous effort. The
main ones were lack of time on the part of the organizers, and the
upcoming 4.0 release. Basically, we appointed gatekeepers to review
patches, much as is done for OpenACS, but all of the gatekeepers (I
was one) were too busy to do the reviewing in a timely manner. And
many of us had a feeling that perhaps we were wasting our time
enhancing 3.x, since we thought 4.0 would be out Real Soon Now. That
was about a year and a half ago...
With 4.0 still impending, and looking more likely now that Tcl 8.4 has
been released, I don't think it makes much sense for any of us to
spend time enhancing 3.x at this point. If we do anything at all, I
think we should just take the 3.3+ad13 and 3.4 tarballs, change the
identification string to say OpenNSD, tar them up with an appropriate
name, and make them available from a one-page site which just explains
that this is the current version and that there will be more of a
project structure and participation when 4.0 comes out. Anything more
will be too much of a distraction from the OpenACS and dotLRN
releases, and probably not worth the effort at this time.
If folks agree that this is the way to go, I'll set up the site and
make the tarballs. I'll give interested parties a chance to comment
on the text before it goes live. We can offer RPMs if someone else
wants to make them; that's not a project I can tackle right now.
Assuming folks want to go ahead with this there is one other thing to
decide, and that's what URL to use. opennsd.org/net are owned by "DRS
Expired Domain", which I presume is a cyber-squatter who snaps up
expired domains. Through register.com I could make an offer to buy
them for a minimum of $200 each, but I think what these folks do is
really slimey and I hate to give them the money. opennsd.com is owned
by Scott Goodwin, who would probably let us use it, but a .com address
really isn't right for a project like this.
We could reserve open-nsd in any variations we like -
org/net/com/info? They are all available. So how do folks feel about
going with the hyphenated domain name? It's not optimal, but
personaly I'd rather do that and get the right extension. I'm willing
to pay for it, though anyone who wants to chip in is welcome.
Let the discussion begin!