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Resetting the foundations for a sustainable future of Mahara
21 April 2023, 15:16
At this time of the year, we typically announce a new version of Mahara. We have completed the work for Mahara 23.04, but have decided to pause on its public release. This post outlines the reasons for this decision and invites all community members to engage with us on resetting the foundations for the sustainable future of Mahara.
Catalyst has been the primary development company and maintainer of the Mahara project for the past 16 years. Over this period Catalyst has funded a dedicated team responsible for the bi-annual release of new features; the provision of updates to existing versions (particularly for security and other high importance bug fixes); and leading on community support.
Over this time, the Mahara community has benefited hugely from the investments made by Catalyst's clients in funding new features and bug fixes that have been pushed regularly to the open source project. We also acknowledge that selected Mahara Partners and long-term project supporters outside of Catalyst have provided code contributions and translation support in particular. However, the majority of the global community is not involved in regular project code contribution or funding.
In the past, we have tried different ways to generate co-funding for the project, the Catalyst team, and supporting infrastructure, but have now reached the point where Catalyst can no longer bear the lion's share of these costs. It is for this reason that the Mahara project team has elected to pause the public release of 23.04. We will instead invest time in exploring how to best offer Mahara services that distribute the costs more equitably across our global community.
Invitation to discuss the future of the project
We believe that the use of open source software enables the greatest level of freedom, collaboration, and innovation. Catalyst as our primary supporter firmly believes in the need for an open source portfolio offering. Its commitment to Mahara as an open source project does not change. We do however need to explore a more commercial model of its delivery to ensure we can maintain its feature rich, stable, and secure future.
Over the coming weeks, as we take the next steps to develop this commercial offering, we will invite you to share your views on what is important to your use of Mahara. If you would like to join focus groups to help in this process please get in touch.
Please view the 'Questions and answers' page for questions you may have and email us for any others.
03 May 2023, 12:12
We'd like to invite you to come along to our community consultation sessions this month to discuss the future of Mahara as you may have some questions and would like to share your opinion. Three sessions are planned to cover different time zones:
- Session 1: 16 May 2023, 14:00-15:00 NZST (Australia, Pacific, East Asia)
- Session 2: 17 May 2023, 19:00-20:00 NZST (Africa, Europe, Asia)
- Session 3: 18 May 2023, 7:00-8:00 NZST (Africa, Europe, Americas)
You can also provide feedback via email if you prefer or reply in this forum thread.
23 May 2023, 21:16
Thank you to everyone who's participated in our first round of community consultations last week. The second part is scheduled for the week of 5 June 2023. In this session, we will present a proposed pricing structure and invite feedback from community members.
There are three sessions on offer. Please sign up for one of them as their structure will be similar.
The links below go to the time zone converter:
- Session 1: 6 June 2023, 15:00-16:00 NZST (Australia, Pacific, East Asia)
- Session 2: 7 June 2023, 19:00-20:00 NZST (Africa, Europe, Asia)
- Session 3: 8 June 2023, 7:00-8:00 NZST (Africa, Europe, Americas)
What would help us a lot is some information from your organisation so we have more concrete data available. Not all Mahara sites are registered and thus are not sending back anonymised data, and for sites that are registered, we are only collecting total accounts, but not a couple of other numbers. Therefore, to make the modeling more accurate, it would be great if you send me an email with the following information:
- Organisation / URL of your Mahara site so we can check if your site is already registered
- Total number of accounts
- Number of accounts that have never been logged into
- Number of accounts that have been logged into in the last 3 years
You can find these numbers as site administrator in 'Admin menu → People → People search'. Click the 'Advanced options' button and then change the option in the drop-down menu 'Last login'. The collecting of these numbers is no indication that these will play a role in the final proposal, but by knowing how these numbers differ across organisations, we can narrow down our modeling and make it more accurate.