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Is official FlightGear development dead?

Postby NewsDude » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:00 am

I've been going through different FlightGear versions, and it appears to me that any official FlightGear development is dead. I'm making my judgment off of this version directory.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/flightgear/files/

According to that directory, FlightGear hasn't been updated since June. in 2018, 3 versions of FlightGear were released. In 2019, there was only one version released.

I do realize that there have been updates in the Nightly directory, but it's my understanding that directory isn't maintained by official FlightGear developers.

So, I ask again: Is official FlightGear development dead?
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Re: Is official FlightGear development dead?

Postby vanosten » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:29 am

That statement is wrong. Have a look a the developer maillist archives, and you will see a lot of activity. The next version is just significant in content.
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Re: Is official FlightGear development dead?

Postby sidi762 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:08 am

Nighty is indeed maintained by official FG developers.
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Re: Is official FlightGear development dead?

Postby wkitty42 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:57 pm

i don't understand how folks can think a project is dead just because there's no updates in a few months or a year... that's crazy...
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Re: Is official FlightGear development dead?

Postby NewsDude » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:37 am

sidi762 wrote in Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:08 am:Nighty is indeed maintained by official FG developers.

That I didn't realize, thank you for correcting me.

wkitty42 wrote in Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:57 pm:i don't understand how folks can think a project is dead just because there's no updates in a few months or a year... that's crazy...

As to that: when Apple was first starting out as a Start-up company I think it's fair to say that they were a similar size to FlightGear. They would release something new whether it be software or hardware, every 4 months or so. I don't consider it to be unreasonable to expect the same from FlightGear developers.
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Re: Is official FlightGear development dead?

Postby Isaak » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:49 am

With the difference that Apple is a company that wanted to become profitable while FlightGear is a hobby for all core developers (be it a time-consuming one) and has no ambition whatsoever to become a profitable organisation. Also 2019.2.0 (the development version) came with some nasty bugs that cost a lot of time and investigation to fix them. I understand your desire for updates, but we are limited to the time people are able to invest next to their jobs. Don't worry though: your patience will be rewarded ;-)
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Re: Is official FlightGear development dead?

Postby Hooray » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:04 am

To track overall project activity, see: https://www.openhub.net/p/flightgear

See the repository to see the number of commits (code changes), and the devel mailing list to track development related talks
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