You know how it is, idly chatting in #scribus, compiling a little, surfing here and there… and suddenly you want to know the distance from Montreal (site of LGM2 ) to Victoria (site of FOSS4G 2007 ). Nothing as easy as that, just ask Google Maps for directions and it’ll give you the km number for free. Unfortunately there are quite a lot of Victorias around the world, so you have to choose the correct one (in British Columbia). But seeing other locations listed, from Texas to Australia, you obviously try some more, just for the fun of it (maps.google.com sadly only offers destinations on the North-American continent). Ok, no route to Victoria, Australia, nor to Victora, Seychellen — not really surprising.
The distance to Victoria, Texas is even shorter than to Victoria, BC, that’s a (small) surprise. But now: Google Maps Deutschland does have a route to Victoria, UK. Yippee!

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Of course you wonder how to take the longer, middle leg of this journey, but — don’t fear! — Google Maps Deutschland has a solution in its itinerary for that, too. Read for yourself. 😀


P.S. And here’s what we really need: the route from Lyon to Montreal (this time in English language):

One of our translators and contributors mentioned to me that they had comments to the effect that Scribus is a “closed shop”. In other words, the team is really not open to adding new developers and contributors. So let’s dispel that rumour right now.

It is not true. Not now, not before, never.

To an outsider, it might appear that way, but not by intent. The Scribus Team is probably a bit different than most in that we are a bit older, perhaps than the average OSS team. Several of us have a few grey hairs on top – but that is a Good Thing for many reasons. 🙂

Our experience in various parts of graphics and pre-press has given us a sense of direction about what not only Scribus needs, but what to avoid like faux bold and italic . Sometimes avoiding the same architectural and “feature” errors we’ve suffered as users in the past is just as important as ultra coding foo.

One other thing which is important to understand that we do work very harmoniously as a team. We share the same core values of respecting our users and each other’s unique talents and capabilities. We choose, compliments before criticism, cooperation instead of flaming and division. This, I think, is transmitted through in the way the community surrounding Scribus has grown. Note the lack of flame wars on our mail list. That is something I think we can be proud of and if we are protective of that – so be it.

However, get closer and you will see that Scribus is far from a “closed shop”. Surrounding the core team is a larger circle of folks whose contributions are not only valuable, but necessary. One look at Help > About, the mailing list or a look at the Wiki is evidence enough for me.

To the contrary, we do want more coders, more translators, more packagers and folks to help with testing bugs. Jump in! The water is just fine.