I wish you a happy new year 2009, and hope you had a nice winter break :)
For Stellarium, 2008 was a highly successful year with more than 2
Million download on sf.net (an average of 4 times per minute!) and the
release of version 0.10.0 featuring major changes planned more than 1
- First of all, the new Qt-based GUI seem to really please all users
even though it still has imperfections which should be fixed with Qt
4.5 (slow, macosx rendering bugs etc..). Making this working was a
real team work on many aspects (art & design, coding, translations,
- 2008 also saw large rendering improvements such as improved star
rendering, atmosphere pollution simulation, and dynamic eye
- Finally, the new very improved overall code and files structure as
well as the new developer's documentation allows developers to work
more effectively on the code. This global refactoring was a huge work
but was necessary. We now have a sane code base allowing us to focus
on new features rather than maintenance.
On the project management aspect:
- the sf.net team now counts 9 developers who made more than 1400
commits on the SVN since last feb.
- Andras unfortunately left the team for personal reasons, but we were
very happy to welcome Mike who already did some very important
- We now also finally own the stellarium.org domain name after making
an arrangement with the previous owner. (By the way it is possible to
create email adress @stellarium.org for those interested).
Plan for 2009:
- As far as I am concerned I still plan to dedicate an important part
of my time on Stellarium and VirGO. A good new is that a new paid
developer should join me at ESO in the coming months to work on VirGO
(and thus indirectly on Stellarium).
- We should in the next weeks create a Stellarium fundation with at
least Matthew to provide an official structure to manage the project
(and the donations money which is currently sleeping on my own
account..). The main goal for such as structure is to collect funding
for buying servers for hosting and serving large amount of data, such
as full sky survey for display like in google sky or WWT. Anyone
interested to belong to the fundation should tell me.
- Version 0.10.1 should come quite quickly when the flow of bug
reports for 0.10.0 reaches a reasonable level and when Matthew decides
the script engine is usable enough to be released. This version is
critical since it will be the first non-beta since the GUI changes.
In the longer term, there are still many new exciting features to do,
as well as our general design challenge of combining them without
losing our spirit of simplicity of use.
Thank you all for your contributions and support!