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re-lease! or: Is re-motion Really Open Source?

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OK, we promised. Here on this blog, and to customers and partners too. Sure, we will release it. Just a few more weeks. Days! Well, this year, for sure. Of course, when you start promising stuff, life makes sure you’ll be too busy to keep them. But this year, by all means, was not a bold promise.

So here I am, on  New Year’s Eve, copying the last few license files to our repository:

https://svn.re-motion.org/svn/Remotion/trunk/

Q: What took you so long?

A: Other stuff got in the way. Plus, this is a large code base, with different licenses for different components. First, we had some funny ideas how we could get away with a single source file license header for multiple licenses, just to make our own lives easier. After dropping this idea, it turned out that we still had to restructure our repository, or nobody would understand which license applies to which part.

Q: What do you mean, multiple licenses? You told us it would be LGPL, didn’t you?

A: The re-motion core framework is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v3. This includes mixins and a lot of stuff that we have not blogged about yet, like our O/R mapper (re-store) and our ASP.NET libraries for data binding (re-bind) and control flow (re-call).

This includes everything in https://svn.re-motion.org/svn/Remotion/trunk/Remotion/

There are two components that we’re releasing under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) v3: An access control facility (re-strict) and a document management system (re-vision).

This includes everything in https://svn.re-motion.org/svn/Remotion/trunk/SecurityManager/ and https://svn.re-motion.org/svn/Remotion/trunk/Dms/

Q: When are you going to provide some documentation about all of those components?

A: Next year.

Q: Wait: does that mean New Year’s Eve again?

A: Oh very funny, but fair enough. No. We have a large amount of documentation for re-strict re-store, re-call and re-bind already. Fabian is going to blog a lot about mixins (he promised!). Documentation for re-strict is next on our list. re-vision will take some time, we only have the client-side components checked in yet, the server-side stuff is still in the realm of an individual project’s repository, as is the upcoming human workflow library (guess what: re-flow).

Q: What are your next steps?

A: I believe the most obvious feature missing from re-motion right now is a nice little community site. We will have to overhaul our development process to, so that outside contributors have a chance to catch up with what we’re thinking and planning.

Q: I cannot access your repository.

A: Make sure you don’t forget the ‘s’ in https.

Enough for today, see you next year! I’m going to see friends who have a little house with a very nice view over Vienna. Let’s see how the city celebrates our release! ;-)

Happy New Year!

- Stefan

Edit: It’s re-store that we already have documentation for, not (yet) re-strict

Written by Stefan Wenig

December 31st, 2008 at 4:07 pm

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.NET 3.5 SP1 service release coming!

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It seems that sometimes whining helps. After complaining long enough about how the bugs in SP1 affect us and our customers, Microsoft decided to fix the two bugs that bother us. Better yet, those hotfixes (and some others I would guess) will be rolled up in a servicing release for SP1, which will be distributed via Windows Update as soon as SP1 itself gets fixed.

The following has been posted by MS for both bugs yesterday:

We’re also in the process of testing a hotfix for this issue. I expect it will be available within a week or so. I’ll keep you posted on the status and give you the KB (knowledge base) article number and how you, and other customers, can acquire the hotfix once it’s available.
Additionally we intend to include this fix in an upcoming servicing release, a roll-up of sorts, which will be released in synch with 3.5SP1 via Windows Update. I.e. when 3.5SP1 starts getting pushed out broadly, so will this fix. We’re still working out the exact timeframe for this release but our hope is before the end of the year.

Thanks to Ayende Rahien, who helped me make that case with some numbers off affected projects and users, and Charlie Calvert of Microsoft who carried our feedback to their management, who eventually decided to do the right thing. It’s good to know that when stuff like that happens, these guys are willing to do what it takes so this won’t hit us too hard.

For other people who have to deal with SP1 regression problems in similar situations, I would think that now might be a good time to try and get them to include your favorite bug in this roll-up. Providing some background about your particular situation seems to help.

Update: Just found out that Scott Hanselman already blogged about this with much more detail.

Written by Stefan Wenig

September 24th, 2008 at 8:50 am

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