[OSM-dev] Stable, professional OSM - no thanks

Dirk-Lüder Kreie osm-list at deelkar.net
Sun May 11 12:14:35 BST 2008


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bvh schrieb:
> On Sat, May 10, 2008 at 10:05:28PM +0200, Frederik Ramm wrote:
>> Look at how fossilized big projects like Debian have become, where
>> every slightest move requires ages just because they want to be
>> stable, professional, respect the established user base and so on.
> 
> That is a strawman. No one has seriously proposed anything like the
> bureacrazy of Debian. For example with the OSM 0.6 API there was
> a concrete proposal to make it backwards compatible that seems
> not difficult to implement and would mean a whole lot of convienence
> of for our users..

Everyone wants stability, nobody wants bureaucracies, but the thing is,
they happen, and they tend to grow on their own.

> We all agree we (as developers) should make life easier for the most
> important resource of the project, the folksmappers. Part of that
> is providing them with exciting and new features and possibilities
> like roll-back and conflict avoidance. But part also not have them
> jump through hoops unnecessary.

I would think that *most* mappers, and indeed almost all of the most
"valuable" mappers in terms of data input are sort-of pioneers anyway,
so I would not think they would feel uncomfortable switching software
every so often. In three or four years I will most probably say
otherwise, but for now I suggest we keep our good track record of being
flexible, and open. And sacrifice the convenience and backwards
compatibility until there's actual need to change that method of updating.

- --

Dirk-Lüder "Deelkar" Kreie
Bremen - 53.0952°N 8.8652°E

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