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Re: SchoolTool 2.8.4 and other news
I can't tell you how happy I am that ST is alive and well, Tom! I
want to use it for the rest of my teaching career, which means about
12 years, so I'm hoping you can keep it going that long ;-)
Congratulations on making the transition to self-sustaining!
On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 12:54 PM, Tom Hoffman <tom.hoffman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello all,
> SIELibre, LLC has released SchoolTool 2.8.4, a bugfix release of our free
> student information system. This release addresses two issues:
> 1432672 -- report cards omitting grades under certain circumstances;
> 1436881 -- comment dialog not working with certain browsers.
> The standard upgrade procedure applies. You must be using the 2.8 PPA in
> Launchpad to receive this update. See:
> SchoolTool News
> Mark Shuttleworth began the SchoolTool project over 10 years ago and was the
> primary funder of development through the end of 2014. SIELibre, LLC,
> comprised of longtime project manager Tom Hoffman and lead developer Douglas
> Cerna, has now successfully continued support and development of SchoolTool
> on a commercial basis for six months, with good prospects for continuing
> this work indefinitely.
> In particular we have been working with a London-based charity, Absolute
> Return for Kids (ARK), on pilot deployments in Uganda and India. They have
> funded a number of features that will be in upcoming SchoolTool releases.
> While the good news is that we have remained busy working on SchoolTool, the
> bad news is that we are stuck in a classic dilemma for commercial businesses
> managing open source projects. We have not had time to do the (unpaid) work
> of packaging a major feature release. We were hoping to put out SchoolTool
> 3.0 close to the beginning of the year. Now it is July, and we have a
> number of paid projects queuing up for release before the beginning of the
> Northern Hemisphere school year.
> We need to dedicate a solid two to three weeks of work to do a round of
> further bug fixing and merge the new features into a solid new release.
> Thus, we will probably be well into fall (October/November) before we will
> be able to release SchoolTool 3.0.
> More details on SchoolTool 3.0 will follow as we get closer, but the biggest
> new features are a completely redesigned “School” page, which streamlines
> common tasks considerably; and a fee tracking system.
> Tom Hoffman
> Managing Partner
> SIELibre, LLC
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