[the-datatank] Long Term Support releases
pieter.colpaert at okfn.org
Fri Oct 4 13:10:53 UTC 2013
It hasn't been a secret, but nonetheless, now an official announcement.
We are preparing a Long Term Support (LTS) version of The DataTank which
will be released the 5th of December 2013. This Long Term Support
release will provide features which will be communicated the 5th of
November and will immediately also be released in beta (on the
development branch) at that date. Right now, all the programmers working
for We Open Data at OKFN Belgium are working on getting these features
stable and are porting these features towards the laravel framework*.
You can follow their process in the "blackwell" branch on github. All
features that will get into the master branch of The DataTank (merge of
blackwell → master will happen in the first days of December) will now
be stable and better support will be provided for there features.
Experimental features can still be installed if you are feeling adventurous.
We plan to do a new Long Term Support release every year on the 5th of
December and maybe a soft LTS somewhere in July (to be decided).
November will be the month where we will invest in building a stronger
community, providing you the better documentation and making sure our
team is ready to provide good support to local governments and companies
who start using our software.
In November we will also reach out to the existing instances (iRail,
Digipolis, Westtoer, FlatTurtle, Leiedal, ...) and discuss a stable
update strategy which suits all needs.
Until December, we are still providing support for old and new
installations of the current stable version of The DataTank.
* We believe that The DataTank will benefit a lot from using the stable
foundations of a framework which is used by thousands of developers.
During the code porting, we are also re-assessing the code. We plan to
have a first port ready in two weeks (alpha version).
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