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SABCnews.com: Shuttleworth Open Source Project at Standstill

Sep 24, 2002, 02:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alastair Otter)

"Schooltool, the open source schools administration project started by the Shuttleworth Foundation, has been in limbo since its suspension almost three months ago. Development on the project, written in Java and originally planned to have a version 1.0 release in July, has come to a standstill while the foundation looks for potential developers to take on the project.

"Foundation marketing and communications manager Kim Vosse says a decision was taken earlier this year to stop in-house development on the project and to make it available to the public with the hope that someone else would take it up. She adds that the organisation is still committed to the project but needs to concentrate on its role as a funding agency.

"In a letter sent out to interested parties earlier this year, the organisation wrote that the foundation was essentially a funding organisation and not a software development house. Therefore the skills of the staff relate to evaluation and funding of proposals in the education arena and not to developing and managing a full-scale software program..."

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