Monday, May 15, 2006

The chaos of transition

Okay, right so it's been a while.

The big news is that I'm moving cities. Goodbye Vancouver; hello Edmonton. Yup, it's a big change. I'm also in the midst of looking for job opportunities in Edmonton, so if anyone knows of anyone in Edmonton who needs a software developer be sure to drop me a line.

It's quite a concept: pack everything up in a trailer and move on over the Rocky Mountains. After Vancouver, the lack of mountains (or just down right lack of hilliness) and the dearth of ocean will be quite a change. And hey, there's always the -30°C weather in the Winter (yes, I'm well aware that it doesn't often stay that cold for any length of time). I'm looking forward to exploring Edmonton's cultural offerings, and of course the Rockies are just a short drive away for when I need my mountain fix. Most of all, I'm looking forward to moving in with a certain special someone ;)

So what does that mean with Libranet? Well, I'm not going to be developing Libranet any further myself. If any one has any interesting ideas or propositions I'm open to hearing them. For now I'll keep the Libranet forum and mailing lists running (though I do need some forum moderators to keep an eye on things). I'll update the Libranet website with a more official sort of announcement in the next while.

Oh, and I'll be starting an Israeli dance group in Edmonton. There's still a lot of organizational type stuff that needs to happen before sessions start, but it's in the pipe.

All in all then a lot of changes happening. All for the best I think, it's time for me to start moving forward again.


Daniel said...

Meeting 'the other one' is one of the most important things in life. I wish you and her all the best! And thanks for keeping us informed throught your blog.

Anonymous said...

for goodnes' sake, give Libranet to the community or do something NOT to lose what was accomplished.
i wish you all the best, anyways, and i hope you will make a good decision.

Anonymous said...

To the prior commentor,

Try to calm down. Libranet was a glory in its day, but the continuation to further it almost seems fruitless. There are a few 5 or so Debian based distros that full compliment or overtake the market that Libranet was trying to get a hold of.

Think Ubuntu , my friend.

Anonymous said...

Ubuntu is okay, but I prefer Libranet. Now if Admintool were to be open sourced that would be interesting. I wouldn't mind Slackware and *BSD picking it up as it's pretty awesome.

Anyway Tal, good luck in your endeavors!

Anonymous said...

That's strange.
You are not going to make money from it, you don't want it, but you are not giving it to the community, just in case someone will want to make money from it and you can actually have some of it. Well... not going to happen.
People are just moving to Ubuntu and Mepis now. Nobody will invest in a half-dead monster that needs a lot of work to bring it to the level of Ubuntu 6.06, due in a week.

What you can do is give it away as open source to a great community that supported your family and actually paid for the Libranet, when it was alive and well. A lot of people will be grateful, I am sure.

Anonymous said...

You can pass the unopened sources to Ubuntu community with GPL licenses. I saw Mark shuttle worth even pays for good contributions. Why not?

Anonymous said...

I would personally love to see a developed version of Adminmenu developed for Ubuntu. This could be a very positive move , allowing even a small piece of Libranet to live on in a another distribution, possibly even benefit it.

UDSF Editor -

Anonymous said...


PLEASE, don't let yours and your fathers work die like this. I doubt this is what he would have wanted to happen. While only you know what he said regarding this project prior to his passing, you have not passed that information along to us, so we are to assume that he would have wanted Libranet to live on. We want libranet to live on. If you are no longer going to develop it, PLEASE, give it to the community.. We will continue to love it and let it live.

Jett Tayer said...

Free software should _always_ be free. Give Libranet to the community!

Victor said...

Ok... so some IT infrastructures need to be migrated ASAP because a young man met that special one and wants to open a dance club... potentially people could lose jobs because they supported libranet. same young man is not making the code open source because he desperately tries to sell it to god knows who. you know what, congratulations for new gf, but there are many people that behaves better even when facing death.

audioaficionado said...


I know how devastating it is to lose a parent. I lost both by 30.

However since you don't want to deal with the business end of it, why not just post v3.0 up for free downloads on mirrors at no out of pocket cost to yourself. I've enjoyed 2.0 and 2.8 immensely and was prepared to buy 3.0 in-spite of all the good free distros.

I'm sure many people would have payed for it had the buy option not been closed out right away while the distro was still current and fresh.

Sorry for your loss and I hope you can finish healing while starting a new life in Edmonton.