Archives for: May 2007, 30

2007-05-30

Public Relations!

Permalink 11:34:49 am, Categories: General  

I'm pretty happy to announce CS^2 (or CrystalSquared). Basically Marten and me will now give commercial support for people who are interested in that kind of thing. Basically if you have a bigger problem with CS that you really can't solve (and we can't solve without more extensive work), you want to get some help starting up a new project (i.e. setting up the basic project and stuff), you want help on some very big bug, you want to pay for an important new feature in Crystal Space, or you want some private tutorial or lessons then visit http://www.crystalsquared.com and we will try to help you as good as we can. Maybe we can also offer commercial support for other things we didn't think about. Just tell us and we will see what we can do. A few weeks ago I had the idea to start this but we were a bit worried about how to do this exactly. It is important to emphasize that we absolutely do NOT want to decrease the quality of the already existing free support in any way. Preferably we even want to improve on that even. This commercial support option is only there for the kind of support that we wouldn't do for free since it is too much work. So hopefully this all works out to the best. We're not the first Open Source project to offer this kind of support. Ogre3D does it for example.

On public relations and publicity I also updated the pages at ohloh. Ohloh is a rather interesting site where you can submit a project and ohloh will calculate various statistics about popularity, code base, contributors and so on. We have the following projects there right now:

If you visit these project links then you can 'stack' a project indicating that you use that project. You can also give 'kudo's to the project developers which gives an indication level of your appreciation of that person. If you are a developer of one of those projects then you can link your username with the contributions done on that project and if you additionally placed yourselves on the map then it will show on the little earth map with every project that you stacked and/or are a contributor of.

In the mean time I'd also like to note that we're very busy working on the 1.2 release now. Hopefully we can release 1.2rc1 in a matter of weeks now.

And yes, the 'secret project' is still in planning stages :-)

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