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danebalia, post:5, topic:308 wrote:
I am considering contributing to OpenPetra and was interested in one of the tasks being OpenPetra Browser Client (a low priority task I believe).
That sounds interesting! Let me know if you have any questions in your evaluation of OpenPetra.
The OpenPetra Browser Client is probably the next step in making OpenPetra relevant to a range of charities. At the moment, it can only be used on Windows, and Mac and Linux Users cannot use the OpenPetra Client. Mono with Winforms does work in theory on Mac and Linux, but in practice it would require supporting old technology.
I did not continue my experiments with OpenPetra in the browser, because there was no interest of cooperation shown by anyone else, and I was busy with other things.
danebalia, post:5, topic:308 wrote:
Is OpenPetra still actively being used? I see only contributions by one person and no discussions since 2015?
We did have a "friendly fork" in December 2014. For more details, see the post: https://www.openpetra.org/update-december-2014-work-of-past-months-and-friendly-fork
The situation is still the same.
In recent weeks I have been working on merging code from the OM fork into the Open Source fork. So there are still people working fulltime on OpenPetra, they are just not participating in any sort of open source community. They are online in IRC, during UK/German working hours, though. That is where most communication now happens between them and me, but not much of discussion: https://www.openpetra.org/en/community-irc
The problem with the OpenPetra project at the moment is, that we are still in a beta stage. I am using it for a small charity in production, but that only works because I know how to tweak the software if there are any problems. OM have reached a milestone to deploy their fork of OpenPetra to the first office in December 2015, and have now the huge task to deploy it around the world to about 100 offices.
One step would be to define what is necessary for an OpenPetra stable release. The other steps would involve documentation and tutorials.
This can only happen if a community starts to exist around OpenPetra, but on the other hand a community only starts to exist if there is a usable product.
Since 2013 I am now working half time for another company, TBits.net, where I am involved in other open source projects, like Kolab. My goal is to learn how a community can be grown and maintained, and how the project can be moved forward by multiple parties with their own interests and goals. At TBits.net we want to get involved more with OpenPetra as well, so starting in the coming months I will be able to work for TBits.net on OpenPetra. But first I will become father for the first time, so I am not going fullspeed yet.
I hope this helps to understand a little bit of the situation.
I would be happy to hear what your needs and requirements for OpenPetra would be? Are you able to see how many changes would be needed to make OpenPetra fit the needs of your organisation? Are there any other projects that would offer something similar? I am very open to compare OpenPetra to other projects as well. At some point I thought it might be easier to add a donation module to Odoo. But then I am so deep into OpenPetra already... But for you that should be a valid consideration.
It is probably too early to think about how much time and effort you would be prepared to put into OpenPetra Client in the Browser. I guess, if there is real interest, I could be motivated to work on this project as well. It will be a huge task anyway.
By the way, which timezone are you in? Perhaps we can talk sometime on IRC or Skype.
Don't worry about where to post in this forum, it is good to have a discussion after all, no matter where :slight_smile:
have a nice weekend,