8 Jul 2010 mindcrime   » (Master)

OpenQabal renamed, development moved, etc.

(edit: everything below is true, with the addendum that "ScrewPile" has in turn been renamed to "Fogcutter". The reason is that "ScrewPile" is just a bad name, that looks and sounds ugly unless you're one of the 15 people in the world who knows what a "screwpile" lighthouse is.

As we get very (very) close to a release of "The project formerly code-named Project Shelley," big things are at hand in OpenQabal world. First... the project is renamed. Say goodbye to "OpenQabal" and hello to "ScrewPile."

Why ScrewPile?

A Screwpile is a particular type of lighthouse. Fogbeam'ers like lighthouses, so we're using lighthouse related terms for all of our open source activities.

Also, development has been moved from the old Java.net site and onto Google Code and Github. The new ScrewPile Project on Google Code is already available for your perusal. A New ScrewPile Dev blog is available as well. GitHub repos are coming soon'ish.

Why Google Code? And why Google Code *and* GitHub?

Google Code is just a little easier to work with. The project pages can be edited wiki-style and it has nice integration with Google Groups, etc. And since all of these big changes are coming, now seemed like a good time to switch. As to why both GC and GitHub... because Git is the future, and we expect the Git repo(s) to be the main basis for development, with code pushes to the Google Code SVN repo as a convenience for people who don't know Git, don't have access to Git, etc.

The other big news... "Project Shelley," "Project Poe" and "Project Collins" all have real names now! Say hello to Neddick, Quoddy and Heceta respectively.

Why "Neddick," "Quoddy," and "Heceta?"

Because we like lighthouses. Neddick is named after the famous Cape Neddick "Nubble" Lighthouse, Quoddy after the West Quoddy Head Ligthouse and Heceta after the Heceta Head Lighthouse.

There are still a few things to be worked out over the next day or two, but we expect to be totally up and running on the new system(s) very soon, and the first code pushes from the new codebase will be out very soon. Stay tuned...

And as always, follow @ScrewPile on Twitter for super handy news blurbs and updates.

Syndicated 2010-07-08 02:29:08 (Updated 2010-07-08 02:44:18) from openqabal

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