Meeting on the ledge

(or why I don't get out much…..)

Uncertainty in the Koha community

There seems to be some unfortunate discord in the Koha community.  As an outside observer I’m not familiar with all the detail, but it seems that Liblime, who support it in the US, have announced that they want to centralise on one development platform, to be called Liblime Enterprise Koha. Some parts of the Koha user community, already concerned about Liblime’s trademarking of the name ‘Koha’,  have expressed concern about this, seeing  it as a development fork. Liblime have said that all their code will remain open-source, but there seems to be some uncertainty about the nature of this.  Very sensibly, Marshall Breeding has proposed a review of the governance of the Koha project to focus more on the libraries than the developers.

As an outside observer it is interesting to watch this from outside. As Breeding points out, the scale of usage had outgrown the development community and needs review. A similar thing happened with Linux and Red Hat some years ago. Hopefully some solution will be found as similar problems are likely to occur with other other Open Source systems.

September 16, 2009 - Posted by | Libraries | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. The Red Hat situation is different, Red Hat is Centos + paid support. Red Hat commits all it’s patches to the linux kernel upstream, I dont think anyone in their right mind could ever claim Red Hat forked linux.

    Comment by Chris Cormack | September 16, 2009

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