drepouille wrote:For security purposes, I would not make the source code of all church applications open source.
What security issues do you presume would exist that are more problematic than providing the applications themselves to end users?
Maybe you mean that there are "sensitive applications" that shouldn't be open sourced (like the in-Temple apps) and I support that. That's specifically why I said "the bulk of" and not "all".
sbradshaw wrote:LDS Music for iOS is struggling for volunteer developers, and Gospel Library for Windows is trudging along slowly. Both of them are still run as public LDSTech projects that anyone can join and contribute code to. Many people have joined the projects, but few actually put in pull requests – and of the few that do, even fewer do so consistently. For example, there are several open issues in GitHub for LDS Music for iOS, but the most recent pull request was about a month ago. This doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in the people who make decisions about where funding and focus should go (for example, towards LDSTech).
I don't blame contributing members entirely for the failure of LDSTech. There is a lot of continual work that needs to be done on the organizational side to keep a volunteer community engaged and provide support, which I think was a cost that was never fully planned for in LDSTech.
It's hard not to see that the volunteer work has been minimal, but I would like if it was kept in mind that the difficulty of contributing is one of the crux issues. For most of the life of the LDS Tech project, it wasn't as simple as find an issue on Github and open a PR against it (and Github itself wasn't always mature enough to support that, either). Definitely volunteers could have tried to help out more. I feel like I personally could have, too. If it was more "open sourcey" then it would be easier to be an occasional contributor. And I don't think the lack of engagement or activity should be a reason not to pursue it, though.
Allowing volunteer contributions should be seen as a worthy goal that is always given value and priority.