[isf-wifidog] A picture of how far the wifidog project has advanced in the last two years
benoitg at coeus.ca
Mer 2 Avr 01:20:29 EDT 2008
We often talk about unsung heroes; individuals who toil quietly, content to
leave all the glory to the group or endeavour that they embraced. But
sometimes, even the endeavour itself can be unsung and taken for granted.
Two recent events made me realize how little known the efforts (or even the
existence) of the multitude of wifidog contributors have become, even to some
people right at the heart of the wireless community movement! Some had even
built the perception that progress of the wifidog project as a whole slowed
after Île sans fil (around march 2006) stopped maintaining it two years ago.
Those who know me in person know how much of a loud mouth I can be. But I
also have a very low key working style. I do stuff and don't brag about it
when I complete a task. Quite frankly, I don't like braggers, and I am
always afraid of being branded as one. Unfortunately, it seems I have
imprinted this style on the wifidog project, and that's not a good thing!
Today's Internet is a world of appearances, black and white opinions based on
first impressions, soundbytes and short attention spans. So in this world
demonstrating how lively the wifidog project really is just plain requires
bragging, soundbites and thanking every contributor individually (if
So here it goes. All that follows occured ONLY in the last two years:
* 151 bug reports and feature requests were closed with status fixed!
* 34 new organisations have listed themselves on as using wifidog, bringing
the total from 15 to 49
* 17 individuals deserve our thanks for making code contributions:
-Max Horvath (max)
-François Proulx (fproulx)
-Benoit Grégoire (benoitg)
-Dana Spiegel (dana)
-Lokkju Brennr (lokkju)
-Damien Raude-Morvan (drazzib)
-David Bird (david)
-Philippe April (papril)
-Alexandre Carmel Veilleux (acv)
As it has been demonstrated over and over, in a software project with a full
lifecycle (including Open source) the majority of the required effort is not
coding! And indeed we have quite a few more people to thank, whithout whom
the wifidog community as we know it simply couldn't exist:
* 13 translators maintained translations and brought the number of supported
languages from 3 to 10!
-Frederic Sheedy, French
-François Proulx, French
-Benoit Grégoire, French
-Frederic Sheedy, Franch
-Nikola Petrov (nvp_online), Bulgarian, Greek
-Gabriel Hahmann, Brazilian Portuguese
-Ricardo Jose Guevara Ochoa, Spanish
-Max Horvath, German
-leandro at texnet.it, Italian
-taedu AT ninjin-net DOT net, Japanese
-Christian Svensson, Swedish
* 51 Wiki editors (there are also many anonymous editors) improved our
documentation, our picture of our own community and humm ... our spelling.
-Alexandre Carmel Veilleux
* All the people who took the time to open tickets and report bugs or suggest
features in the first place.
* Thanks to everyone hanging on IRC. At any given time there's about 10
individuals in the channel, which has become the primary way we help new
users and developers.
* Thanks to all the people answering questions on the mailing list, not to
mention the 234 people who care enough about wifidog to stay subscribed and
let us fill their mailbox on a regular basis.
* Thanks to Île sans fil for providing Servers and bandwidth
* Finally, thanks to the following organisations who made financial
contributions (that I know of) to the development of wifidog:
-Max Spot GBH
All of you in the last two years decided to go beyond merely using the work of
others or fixing your immediate problem and have taken the time to give back,
so others can in turn build upon your contributions. It takes years to build
a viable Open source development community around a project. It's especially
challenging in a very small niche like captive portals, where most of the
work is not visible to the end users. But we have certainly have come a very
There are great opportunities ahead for the community wireless movement, now
that the storm of Muni wireless (at least as a threath to community groups)
has blown over. There are also great challenges, from increasingly hostile
legal environments, changes to the economic environment of procuring Internet
bandwidth to the increasing variety of mobile devices. Also, wifidog is used
more and more by private corporations.
Finding good and lasting technical solutions to such real world problems, and
implementing them using such a diversity of priorities and interest will
continue to require a great deal of foresight and diplomacy.
But we are not alone, and if we work together, it's not even that hard ;)
Keep up the good work, and give yourselves a pat in the back, you deserve it.
There is no contribution too small, if only to remind the other contributors
that they are not alone.
Technologies Coeus inc.
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