Open source Organizer ponderedPublished: 1st Aug 2007, 20:25:53 | Permalink | Printable
Author ready to release popular app for freeTop life management software Organizer could be open sourced by author Chris Morison in a bid to kick-start its future development. Chris admitted this week he has been unable to work on the popular shareware program since March 2003 as he has left university, found a real job, stopped using RISC OS and married some lucky woman.
Releasing the blue prints to Organizer will allow third party prgrammers to dive into the code, fix bugs and add new features.
Chris also said his software is "very stable" and he has added all the features he ever hoped to come up with - and now hopes to find people to continue working on the program. If demand for a new version of Organizer is too low or if there are no programmers willing to pick up the baton, Chris will release, presumably, a final version as freeware. If there is enough demand and coders available, he said today he was willing to go down the open source route.
Calling for comments from users and developers, Chris said: "I'm disinclined just to hand over the source code to one individual and leave it in their hands, no matter how talented, committed or helpful to me they've been in the past.
"I would, however, be happy to release the source under some form of open source licence. Care would have to be taken to protect the brand and ensure that there aren't forks with the same name but incompatible file formats - but we can discuss that if we decide it's worthwhile."
Chris added: "I haven't touched the code since March 2003. The reason for this is that since I left University in 2002 I've started full-time employment and got married, which means that I have very little time these days to devote to programming as a hobby."
Organizer is a desktop personal organiser featuring a calendar, diary, anniversary address book, and a simple, user friendly graphical interface. The software's users were this afternoon quick to ask for iCal file import support, mobile phone and PDA synchronisation, as well as other feature suggestions.
Developer Theo Markettos said: "A lot of the developments that have happened, such as people taking over projects or producing upgrades to support 32 bit and new OSes, took place because the source was 'out there' and it was easy for someone to fiddle with, not necessarily with any obvious maintainer.
"Personally for any project I'd be much more likely to 'have a go' to make casual Sunday-afternoon changes if the source was easily downloadable, rather than had to negotiate access beforehand. If there was a maintainer I'd submit these to them."
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