We've been working on a few things over the past couple of months, and it's finally time to release the wolves...
Please check out the following details, and be sure to read all the way to the bottom... that's where the scheduled outage is!
1. Open Embedded Software Foundation (OESF)
a. This is the new nonprofit organization that was founded to support the Open Embedded community. We are still working on finalizing the paperwork to create the corporation and obtain official nonprofit status.
b. The OESF will support all Open Embedded devices and projects. This will move us beyond just the Zaurus. The inclusion of the SIMPad and Familiar people are examples of this. With this, the ZUG forums will move to the new oesf.org domain and will become the OE forums, and will be revamped to accomodate this change.
c. oesf.org has been created using mediawiki. The ZUG How-To docs and Unofficial Zaurus FAQ have been moved to this new (powerful) wiki site. This will enable the community to create and update the documentation as needed.
** Special thanks to Ben (ev1|) for spending many hours updating some of the older conent!
d. Once the OESF obtains nonprofit status, we will be able to apply for grants and solicit donations to help fund OE projects and purchase much needed hardware for development (such as devices for development teams).
2. Embedded Linux Software Index (elsix.org)
a. Roy El-Rayes has done an awesome job in building the new ZSI (Zaurus Software Index)! Roy developed everything from scratch with PHP using a mysql backend.
b. Roy also worked with Sven (owner of the current ZSI) to obtain the ZSI database to populate the new ELSI. Not a single project was lost!
c. The ELSI will also be able to host the files for the projects! It will take some time to grab the files for the existing projects, but it will be great to know that we won't run into dead links when you're looking for a specific application. Keep in mind though, project maintainers will still be able to host their files on their own sites (link to them), but we would prefer hosting the files on the ELSI, that way the project can take on a new maintainer without having to lose the files.
d. Current projects have no owner and may be claimed. Just sign up for an account and go to the project you wish to claim. Click on 'Claim Project' and that'll begin the process.
e. We are looking for volunteers to help mod the new ELSI. If you're interested, please PM/email either dz or myself.
** Thank you to all those that've helped the ELSI get going. JCroto has dedicated many hours to weeding out spam and categorizing everything and deserves a big thanks. As well, a thank you to all those who voted and participated in the layout contest.
3. ZUG changes
a. ZUG is changing from zaurususergroup.com to zaurususergroup.org This will keep the site in line with the new nonprofit status.
b. With the documentation and the forums moving to the new oesf.org site, the ZUG will change into a news and information site for all things Zaurus.
4. Forum changes
a. The forums will be upgraded to a new version which has some pretty cool features. My favorite new feature is the lo-fi version of the forums. Perfect for reading the forums on low-bandwidth connections and great for viewing on any Zaurus.
b. All of the posts from the old devnet forums will be imported into the new forums! We weren't able to get any of the user data from the devnet forums, so we won't have details such as who posted what, but at least the content will be there.
5. The wonderful people over at ibiblio.org will be hosting all of this! This means I can get rid of the $300/month SDSL that I'm currently using to host the forums. ibiblio hosts many wonderful sites like Linux Documentation Project and Groklaw.
And now for the timing...
The ELSI is already built out and ready for prime time. Roy (dz) is doing some final layout changes this week, and will be finished by this weekend.
The OESF site has it's framework built out. For now we will be leaving it as a complete mediawiki site, and will just lock a minimal set of pages (like the front page, etc.). People can create accounts and start updating the wiki (how-to docs and UZF) immediately!
The ZUG changes, change of domain (.com to .org) and the forums upgrade and move will happen this Saturday, January 15th. The ZUG site and forums will be brought down completely during the upgrade from 6:00 PM PST (GMT-8) to at least midnight. The zaurususergroup.com domain will have a hard forward to zaurususergroup.org.
Remember that the forums are moving to the oesf.org domain. So once the upgrade and move is complete, the forums will then be located at http://www.oesf.org/forums. Please be sure to update your bookmarks accordingly.
Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback!
-- your admin team