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From Luiz Fernando <>
Subject Re: What's going on with Embperl???
Date Wed, 17 Sep 2003 09:52:32 GMT
Hi all,

I think Gerald should setup a sourceforge account for Embperl and put
more people to help him, more on the traditional opensource format.

We could try to fix small bugs and implement some features under his

If the problem is money we can help also, since many of us use Embperl

If the problem is time, a problem almost everybody has, we should
organize ourselves with Gerald and see what can be done.

Just some thoughts.


Luiz Fernando Ribeiro
Engenho Soluções S/C Ltda

On Tue, 2003-09-16 at 23:48, Neil Gunton wrote:
> I am getting more than a little nervous about the future of Embperl.
> I've written to the list before about this, but I didn't get anything
> more than "it's ok, don't worry" from Gerald. But then, it was back to
> usual - relative lack of responsiveness on his part, no new bugfixes for
> the beta... I appreciate greatly his contribution of Embperl to the open
> source community, believe me, and I use the package extensively in my
> work - which is exactly why I am getting so nervous. There has been a
> long period of apparently no progress on 2.0, and increasingly Gerald
> seems to be absent from this list. I understand he must be very busy on
> his own business (that's always the standard assumption), but given my
> own code investment, I would appreciate an honest appraisal of where we
> are. Do I need to start looking elsewhere? Anyone got any clues? I wrote
> Gerald privately almost two weeks ago, and have still received no reply.
> Is he on vacation? Why not mention this to the list?
> If it came down to Gerald no longer having the time to develop the
> project, then should we try to take it on ourselves? I don't even know
> the protocol or etiquette for doing that. I mean, it's Gerald's thing,
> his totally, and I don't want for a second to take it away or even try
> to fork the project without his blessing. I'm not even at all certain
> that I *could* take it on. To be honest, I haven't even had time to
> delve into the code - there's a large amount of it. I am experienced in
> C++, more so than Perl in fact. Any thoughts from other longtime users?
> Can we help Gerald? I suggested exactly this in my last private email to
> him (sent couple weeks ago, no reply). So here I am not so much trying
> to bipass Gerald, as just taking the next step to see what others think.
> If I am totally out of line then please tell me and I'll shut up. But if
> anyone else has the same fears as me, then it would at least be
> reassuring to know that I'm not alone. I'm very willing to let Gerald
> take his time on this stuff if that's all he needs, but this is just
> something that's been niggling at the back of my head for a while now
> and I wanted to get it out in the open. Let me stress again that I am
> very supportive of Gerald and would like to make this work - I even
> offered to try and have a go at writing an (English) book on Embperl,
> perhaps some sort of cookbook format. I am pretty busy with my own
> stuff, and have quite enough on my plate developing application-level
> stuff, but if it was clear that this would be welcomed by both Gerald
> and the community then it might be worth spending the time on. Even if
> it wasn't picked up by a real publisher, it might be useful as an online
> book. Also, obviously, development, if feasible - but I have the feeling
> that there are *much* more capable developers on this list than me.
> Believe me, I want to see Embperl develop and succeed. But the list
> traffic is way down, and there haven't been any real progress on the 2.0
> beta in so long...
> Anyone got any advice on this "elephant in the room"?
> /Neil

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