This all is even more ridiculous if we consider that there are already download choices for 32bit (x86) and 64bit (x86_64) on the web for almost every program! Think of it! Why not just add a third option (ARM)? That'd be the solution but that only works/is in our power if you have the sources! You can't compile proprietary drivers to ARM because we don't have the sources. That in conjunction with the spread- and thinned-out open source devs will finally lead to the downfall of the open source world we appreciate (and even take for granted) nowadays (because the shift towards the clean ARM architecture standard will continue due to its advantages and widespread use in microcontrollers and living costs have increased such that more and more people will have less time to do things for free for a better world).
2 reasons why I'd like to discuss/ask for your opinion on restructuring:
- Activity/participation in OSEG is seeing a long-time deep.
- Productivity is difficult in the current setup. (We have many sites, stretched and unmaintainable. Finding technical assistance here is almost impossible, finding funders or collaborators is no easier.)
- It seems OSEG is (ab)used just to promote own business (e.g. when it comes to fundraisers, suddenly people seem willing to use our channels and suddenly appear in our channels, just to abandon us once they have reached their goal).
To mitigate these issues, to open our goals to other countries, and to ease collaboration and participation the following proposed structure:
- Server (2 git repositories: 1x Webpage, under Git version control; 1x development modules).
- These 2 repos (or public branches thereof) should/could be shared on Github. (=> Allow people forking our work, issuing pull requests, using Github's project management capabilities and more).
- Get rid of the "G" of "OSEG", as it might seem a bit national-inclined, thus call the Github organization like development_set or technology or base_technology_set or base_construction_set or base_development_set, just like you want or more general and then create a wrapper git repo that has several other more special repos as submodules.
- Language: English, optional translation to German (better use translate.google to automate?). To use German was a nice experiment but it didn't bring the involvement of the non-english-speaking Germans to the extent that had been desired. The only mechanics and other skilled people that help in my projects are local friends. Most of the OSEG Forum + Wiki people (especially those that contribute) are entirely English-capable.
Code: Alles auswählen
I know it looks like we are going to approach OSE US, but what this is really about is to get rid of nationalities entirely, and just be constructive and objective. I.e. have the main activity on Github / our git repositories and just mirror some content on our server. As there is forum-/blog-/wiki-like capability (commit comments/ issues +comments / wiki) on Github, we could be able to get rid of the main server load / forum if desired (but perhaps there is still a part that this forum can play).
Disclaimer: In no sense this shall be an offense. I clearly understand why OSEG came together as a split from the general OSE. I don't like to talk about OSE US, UK, Germany or whatever, instead shouldn't we focus solely on the ecosystem itself? It's open source ecology, no national interests, no local goal. Let's focus on objectives and avoid subjectives. It's just a proposal! Please don't hate me being unhappy with how we drift into insignificance.