28 Jul 2006 lloydwood   » (Journeyer)

After a few weeks of cheerleading and of testing packages on my part, we now have a test release candidate of Geomview that, well... actually works. Reliably.

Giving a new lease of life to an old package like this is good -- there are lots of mathematicians and students who could never fix the package, but will benefit from being able to use it. And since it's under LGPL and can now be built cleanly from Sourceforge CVS... hopefully more people will add fixes over time. (Hoffentlich. Such a nice German word.)

The major contributions by Claus were cleaning up the autoconf stuff, making it straightforward for anyone to regenerate working configure and makefiles, and fixing the flaky file- and pipe-handling. And now he's done the hard stuff, he's onto the easy low-hanging fruit -- porting old modules into the new autoconf framework, even considering Mac OS X compatibility.

My next release of SaVi will be nagging everyone to upgrade their copies of Geomview. It's more than worthwhile.

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