[OSM-dev] [Marble-devel] NOTICE: gazetteer.osm.org being retired

Chris Browet cbro at semperpax.com
Thu Sep 2 16:00:28 BST 2010


On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 16:39, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 13:26, Chris Browet <cbro at semperpax.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> If you want to use an OSM service in one of your applications, then I
> >> would suggest firstly, and most importantly, that the application
> >> doesn't have a *.openstreetmap.org URL embedded anywhere in the code.
> >
> > Come on. Does that mean that we cannot use "www.openstreetmap.org/api"
> to
> > update the database?
>
> Well, in the context of stable OS releases that distribute programs
> like Merkaartor the API is pretty much *guaranteed* to break. An
> Ubuntu LTS release is 5 years, Red Hat and Debian have something
> similar. That's a lot less time than the entire 0.5 -> 0.6 transition
> took.
>

Sure, but again, LTS is for business, and I don't see a business using
Merkaartor ;-)
And the 0.5 -> 0.6 was announced, what, 6 months in advance? With
discussions and plannification over 1 year...

We can safely assure a package which wasn't updated to 0.6 is abandonware...
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