It breaks my heart, but XOOPS hasn't really seen any progress in a long while.
Kevin, I'm sorry, but I don't get it!
If it really "breaks your heart", what are you going to do about it? In which area are you going to help XOOPS?
Do you really think that your rant is very helpful? Do you really think that we don't know about the issues we have? For example, you complain about Documentation, but we know about it forever! If you would spend some time looking around XOOPS instead of jumping to conclusions, maybe you would see this recent News about Documenation
, and you would see that we are
doing something about it!
I have stated there very clearly:
This is a very exciting for us, because we know that while XOOPS was always known for a very good code and great modular architecture, we were never able to create good documentation.
For people who would like to help, I have documented the "XOOPS Documentation Process
", and have created a "XOOPS Docs Starter Kit
". And I have updated bunch of documents and tutorials.
Honestly, XOOPS will benefit more from people who are willing to write new tutorials and help us with other documentation, than from people telling us that we don't have tutorials! Because we already know it! Come on, Kevin - do you really think that we are so stupid or naive that we don't know it?
I find it unfair and even disrespectful to people like Richard, who is working around the clock to get XOOPS 2.6.0 move forward, and you can see the progress of over one year in 45 seconds
Unfair to people like Eduardo who has created the awesome Common Utilities
, and now is working on integrating it into XOOPS 2.6.0.
Unfair to people like Angelo who created xBootstrap
, and Bleekk and Heuyla, who helped him to create templates for several of our modules.
Unfair to people like Luciorota or Zyspec who are working on updating several of older modules.
Unfair to people like Cesag who worked tirelessly on translations!
The reality is that yes, we are short on manpower. And therefore we need to focus and prioritize. As a result, some less critical issue will be placed on back burner!
We haven't publish recently "WOX: World of XOOPS", because it was less critical for me. Instead, thanks to Richard and few other friends of XOOPS, we have immediately fixed all security issues we've been made aware of, and we we have upgraded XOOPS so it is fully compatible with the latest PHP 5.6 version. For comparison, go ahead and try to run some of the XOOPS forks or even other Open Source CMS on PHP 5.6.
We have published pretty much consistently every 12 months a new releases of XOOPS, incl. security updates:
2012/04/16: XOOPS 2.5.5
2013/04/28: XOOPS 2.5.6
2014/06/16: XOOPS 2.5.7
2014/11/24: XOOPS 18.104.22.168
And we probably will publish XOOPS 2.5.8 in the spring of this year.
All of this while continuing work on XOOPS 2.6.0
, with some major architectural changes which will help XOOPS to finally catch-up to the other mainstream CMS solutions.
We also try to keep our current users happy by providing help and support on the Forums, and by updating modules as much and as fast as we can. For example, all the most popular modules have been converted to "Blue Move Admin GUI", so they have consistent "look and feel". We are now in the process of streamlining several of the modules into a "Module Pack", and refactoring them so there is a higher reuse of common components between the modules.
Yes, Kevin, we are in some areas behind (like the WOX or the module repository), and we are missing some of the fancy bells and whistles there. But if you take the time to study the updated by Richard XOOPS 2.6.0 Roadmap
, you will see that that we're aware of it and we're doing something about it.
Of course, XOOPS would benefit from help, and I was very happy to see you back, as I told you in my email! But since we are an Open Source project, it is really up to people like YOU, Kevin! You have the choice: you can come and bash us, or you can just help us to make XOOPS better!
The choice is yours!
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