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Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] gnu/cash
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The GnuCash Project Needs Help
Benoit Gr?goire has posted a plea for developer help
for GnuCash ,
a popular open-source personal finance management application. [GnuCash]
I hate to admit it, but in our quest for new features, choices had to be
made and a lot of important things are currently being neglected. If the
GnuCash project can't manage to attract more contributors and refocus
the efforts of those it already has, it's going to become unmanageable.
We often say that Linux would survive even if Linus got hit by a bus.
Well, right now I am not too certain that GnuCash would currently
survive if Derek Atkins got hit by a bus.
Apparently, the project developers added a few too many features too
quickly, and now find themselves unable to cope with maintenance of the
code and documentation.
* Lower the entry barrier for new developers.
* Build an up-to-date architecture and API reference.
* Put together a report writing HOWTO document.
* Fix some problems with the core capabilities of the GnuCash engine.
* Improve interoperability with new modules and other financial
* Improve the GnuCash developer environment and web site:
o Add search capabilities for the mailing lists.
o Open up web site write access to more developers.
o Implement a Wiki system.
o Deal with frequently asked questions more efficiently.
Certainly, GnuCash is much too important of a project to just let it
fade away and die. Interested developers should consider lending a hand.
This would be a good opportunity to show the skeptics how well the
open-source development model works, even in the face of adversity.
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