Re: Project Maintenance
> Big Brother is a classic
> example of "bit rot", for example.
I've deployed a program, BigSister, that uses the BigBrother protocol (which is lightweight and simple to deploy across diverse systems, in my case Unix, Windows and VMS). The Perl structure of BigSister is, at least at first, only translucent, but I was able to make the extensions I required. My only complaint was speed of update; it is a web-based system so the browser refresh rate was a problem. The advantage of that is, however, no client to deploy.
Big Sister on SF (http://bigsister.sf.net)
In my experience, setting up a monitoring system is an easily underestimated task.
METAFONT could be a starting point.
Donald Knuth (http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/) has
on the differences between METAFONT and TrueType. Perhaps if the open source community is looking for a patent-free system for fonts, his work could be a basis. It is superb work, well documented, with the only noted disadvantage being that it uses slightly more complex mathematics and is somewhat slower.
An opportunity, perhaps, to further build on the work of a master...