20 Oct 2001 apm   » (Journeyer)

It's been a while since I've been on Advogato. I noticed her had put a link on Ward's Wiki to the Suneido project on Advogato. So I followed it and found he had updated it a bit - thanks Helmut!

Suneido has been keeping me busy. I set up Suneido on SourceForge - that was an interesting exercise. I'd been on SourceForge before, but never used it much, let alone set up and administered a project. It was pretty straightforward. There's quite a bit of documentation, some of it pretty good. But there are always holes in the documentation. I had a bit of a struggle setting up the necessary CVS tools on Windows, but finally got it working. A while back one of our contributors, Roberto Artigas Jr., had added simple language translation to Suneido and had supplied translation data for Spanish. So I posted a "job" on SourceForge for other translations. I didn't really expect much to come out of it. I'm afraid most postings asking for help don't produce much. But this time I actually got quite a few responses. I had three people offer to do Italian! The end result is that you can now run the Suneido IDE in Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian. Pretty neat.

We had a good trip to Shishapangma in the spring. Turned around 150 meters (of altitude) from the top due to time and weather. So close! But with the snow conditions we only averaged 50 meters per hour so the top was likely another 3 hours away. I think the success rate was pretty low this spring. A few people were making it up, but with extremely long hard summit days. Oh well, we had a good trip, no sickness or injury. We left Kathmandu as the leftists were stirring up trouble, and a few days later most of the royal family was murdered. We were glad we got out when we did. After the climb we spent a couple of weeks on beaches in Thailand. It was nice R&R after 5 weeks on the mountain. It was amazingly easy to keep in touch - there are internet cafes all over Nepal and Thailand. And not only that, but there's even a real Starbucks in Phuket!

It's been a year since we released Suneido open source on the web site. A busy, interesting year. I've learnt a lot. (Which is what it's all about if you ask me.) In some ways we've made a lot of progress, in other ways, we haven't accomplished as much as I would have liked. One of these days, if I can find the time, I'd like to write an article about Suneido's first year. C'est la vie.

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