After following the install process for Convirt 2.0 community version (plus
patch bundle 1 and some "glitches" with regards of me using a Debian "Lenny"
server) my test enviro works more or less OK.
But while it seems quite OK for a test environment it seems not so good for a
production one. Some questions rise:
1) Is there any FAQ, Howto, etc. with regards of "properly" start convirt
daemon-mode? i.e.: using apache plus mod_wsgi; not using paster
with "development.ini"; not having such strong dependencies on environment
variables but config entries, etc.
2) Install: current install procedures depend heavily on gaining access to the
Internet and downloading quite a lot of Python modules which may or may not
be reachable at the moment of installation, pushed forward to a new version,
etc. all of this on its own tg2env which may or may not be shareable with
other apps in the box.
3) Upgrade and promotion: is there any outlined protocol for proper upgrade?
i.e.: upgrading from 0.x to 2.x is a matter of "start anew"; current patch
policy is cummulative; what will happen when/if you produce a future "patch
bundle 2"? will it be "pushable" on top of a patch bundle 1 + some patches?
Will it be a proper migration path from 2.0 to a future 2.1?
4) Feature cutting: on previous releases command line access was avaliable
while for 2.0, ACLs, command line and programmatic remote access (by means of
XML-RPC) have been "pushed away" to the "enterprise version" (even more, it
seems to be a 'post-facto' decision at the view of some "remainders" about
ACLs and command line on current community code-base), which regreatably
doesn't offer much confidence to us, third parties, in order to make a strong
involvement with the tool: no one wants to be "locked in" with a tool less
and less featured where more and more production-grade features move away to
a pay-only (and not cheap, by the way) version.
5) End user/distribution license for "enterprise version". Is it known under
what license will be the "enterprise version" distributed? By the fact that
you ask for giving non-exclusive rights with any patch that any third-party
could develop it seems obvious that you expect to distribute under a
double-license model, more probably with the "enterprise versions" being
under a closed one. Will this be the case? Don't you expect this to refrain
third parties from sharing development with you?