[OSM-talk] Funding of three infrastructure projects : Nominatim, osm2pgsql, Potlatch 2

Alexandre Oliveira rockytvbr at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 17:01:23 UTC 2020

I'd like to share my two cents on the matter of supporting Potlatch 2,
an editor built with (now) dead technology.

I don't think it's worth spending money to update P2 to Air. As others
have stated, Air has been discontinued as well, and it was developed
by Adobe, probably with the same amount of security flaws as Flash
had, which contributed to its demise. I don't see Air as different
even though it's being maintained now by Samsung.

Just take a look. The web is different than when P2 released; flash is
deprecated and a synonym for vulnerable systems, Air tried to take off
but now it's just another dead technology. What are the benefits of
porting P2 to Air? It may be easier because Air may share some code
with Flash, which in turn makes it easier to port to.

However, I think that the OSMF should find someone familiar with Flash
and look forward to porting P2 to modern web technologies (please not
Electron!), like WebAssembly or Web 2.0. Be it JavaScript,
CoffeeScript or TypeScript, React, Angular, Vue.js or any other modern
web tech, it doesn't matter. I think it's going to be money well spent
if P2 was ported to a supported web technology and not something that
died a few years ago and is on life support, and barely anyone uses it

IMO porting P2 to Air is just a waste of money and time from the
developer, and we will reach the same point in the future, be it
either for deprecating P2 or looking to port it to newer web
technologies. OSMF should prepare for the future and not continue
using deprecated technology.

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