[fxruby-users] Moving On

Meinrad Recheis meinrad.recheis at gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 02:42:46 EDT 2010

Thanks for all the support (years ago) ... and I wish you good luck and much
fun with whatever you are going to take on ;)
-- henon

On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 4:20 PM, Lyle Johnson <lyle at lylejohnson.name> wrote:

> Cross-posted to the blog (at
> http://lylejohnson.name/blog/2010/08/04/moving-on/):
> When Jamis Buck wrote last year about ceasing development on
> Capistrano, his post really struck a chord with me. If this post
> reminds you of that one, it's because I re-read it before sitting down
> to compose this one. It was the next best thing to having Jamis on
> hand to give me a pep talk before I had to stand up and say something
> that I've been putting off saying for too long. As a bonus, I could
> visualize him calmly and quietly making one of those neat little
> string figures while I tried decide exactly what it was I wanted to
> say.
> It is with mixed feelings that I announce that I'm stepping away from
> FXRuby development, effective immediately. I will no longer be
> accepting bug reports, support requests, feature requests, or general
> emails related to FXRuby. I will continue to follow the mailing list,
> but I am no longer the maintainer of this project.
> When I started developing FXRuby back in late 2000, it was a lot of
> fun for me. I was still new to Ruby (most of us were, back then) and
> Ruby was in need of a good GUI toolkit, so working on FXRuby provided
> me with not only a good way to learn the ins and outs of the language,
> but also to get really plugged into the community. In recent years,
> however, working on FXRuby has become a chore. I'm a decade older, at
> a different place in my life and career, and there are frankly just
> too many other things that I'd rather be working on at this point.
> These feelings are compounded by the fact that FOX development has, as
> best I can tell, stalled out, and without anything new to look forward
> to on the FOX front there's little motivation for me to continue
> working on FXRuby. So it's time to make a clean break and call it
> quits.
> I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who did
> participate in the FXRuby community over the years. Knowing that you
> found my work of some value means a lot to me, and I appreciate the
> encouragement that I received from you along the way. I was never
> successful at organizing a development team around FXRuby, something
> which I regret, but a number of people contributed patches or
> third-party tools and extensions to FXRuby. If I tried to name all of
> those contributors, I would invariably leave someone off the list by
> accident, so let me just say: Thanks, you guys; you know who you are.
> A special thanks as well to those of you who bought the book. And of
> course, I owe an immense debt of gratitude to Jeroen van der Zijp,
> without whom there would be no FOX toolkit, and thus no FXRuby.
> Someone on the mailing list asked whether FOX and FXRuby are "pretty
> much dead." I can't speak for Jeroen or the FOX project. As for
> FXRuby, however, that's up to you. FXRuby is, and always has been, an
> open source project. If you are interested in hacking on FXRuby, or
> even taking over maintenance of the project, please feel free to fork
> the project on GitHub (http://github.com/lylejohnson/fxruby) and
> release updates as you see fit. The Wiki
> (http://wiki.github.com/lylejohnson/fxruby/) has a lot of information
> about setting up a development and build environment on Windows, Linux
> and Mac OS X, and if you have specific questions about the build chain
> I'll do my best to help you get set up.
> If no one steps forward to maintain FXRuby, that’s fine too. The code
> has been pretty stable, if not bug-free, for quite awhile now, and it
> may the case that the code's "done" anyways. If you feel that way and
> want to continue using FXRuby, it's not going anywhere. If on the
> other hand, you have some fresh new ideas about how to move ahead, go
> for it! I will be cheering you on from the sidelines.
> In closing, thanks again for all of your support over the last ten
> years. I'm certainly not done with Ruby, and I'm looking forward to
> exploring other ways in which I can participate in the Ruby community
> in the future.
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