with this spring seeing the two-year anniversaries of the last
releases of both PLWM and Python Xlib, it's probably time to admit to
myself that I don't hack that much anylonger. I still use PLWM, but
it does what I want it to and thus I have no great incentive to
improve it. Furthermore, I can't be bothered to keep up with the
evolution of Python itself and thus make sure that the code still
works with newer versions.
At the same time, both projects are reasonably active with about a
hundred and, oh, tens of downloads/month for Python Xlib and PLWM,
respectively. This surprised me. The users deserve new releases.
Hence, I wonder if anyone is prepared to adopt either or both of the
projects. The current status:
* There's quite a lot of new code in CVS, especially concering Mike
Meyer's panes code. This could with a little polishing become
* There are magnificent possibilites for building the next
generation of PLWM, which could support weird things like title
bars, buttons and the mouse. I've started writing on a frames
framework to support title bars, but it never got further than
rudimentarily working code in the CVS branch frames_dev
* There are a bunch of bugfixes and some new documentation written,
which probably could be packaged together and shipped as 0.13 with
not much effort.
* The future of Python Xlib would be to try to get it to 1.0 status,
which at least means writing documentation, and possibly also
rewriting the convoluted core code to make it more modular,
simpler and faster. Again, I started on this latter part too but
never got it in full shape.
I do not intend to drop all association with the projects and will
help out with any questions about the code, and I might even hack
occasionally. I might well write a bit of documentation too.
I will not try to influence the direction choosen for the projects by
the new maintainer: all progress is beautiful.
So if there are any interested projects adopters out there, send me an
email (petli@...) and we'll talk about it further.
Feel free to spread this mail to anyone you think may be interested.
Peter Liljenberg (pointless hacker)