Project Flow & Tracker Status update for early January, 2011
As tweeted four days ago, Project Flow & Tracker is now an installation profile http://drupal.org/project/pft on d.o. Please read the project page for download and install instructions and road-map. The most important aspect is that since this is an “everything in code” install profile, there will be no more getting locked into an outdated version. Just by running update.php you will get access to all updates available as the pft modules evolve. Also, even though I am creating a SaaS platform, the “everything in code” paradigm will prevent a “commercial” vs “free” version since every advance made on the SaaS platform will be present in the installation profile base modules as updates right on http://drupal.org. As long as its there.
I have already written several articles on how this can be done, and I will be thoroughly documenting the workflow I have finally chosen in great detail.
I hope many will download and start using the install profile! Meet you on the issue queue!
A word on the Free software pledge
This gives me a material base upon which to make the free software pledge as a way of clearly showing where I stand on the “Drupal App store” debate. It is my way of struggling against such an App Store, and I hope others will make similar pledges.
I take this position for reasons I will elaborate upon in a future article (among many other things, greater and smaller, I would like to know who decides what goes in and what is excluded (no-one is addressing this question); and I would like to know how I can charge for stuff based on modules other people have developed, not to mention core…).