Gallery 2 - then, now, and the future?
|Posted: Sun, 2010-11-07 18:31|
So I was looking through Google search results for "gallery2 hosting" and came across a post called "Gallery 2 sucks" at (vangel.3ezy.com/archives/62-Gallery2-Sucks.html)
Only artists and engineers can design technology that works. When they love their work they will maintain it and make it better, not keep honking how awesome their stuff is and its free years later. If authors of opensource and free of cost projects did stick to their plan someone could use it successfully instead of having the software keel and die at the crucial moments.
Among other things, I read his frustration about the platform in general, how G2 was scrapped (except for security updates) in favor of Gallery v3, and how his G2 install (at the time of writing of his article) had over 200,000 items getting hammered with 200,000 hits an hour, and so forth including a rant about how his G2 code contribution being pulled off. I don't know if the guy is using his Dreamhost account for his G2 install, or some VPS/dedicated server - that could be contributing to his issues.
But what are your thoughts about what he had to say? I'd be interested to know from Bharat, Valiant, Mindless and past G2 contributors.
I know Joe7 runs a monstrous G2 install with plenty of custom tweaks not for the weak at heart.
Here's my honest take on the article and Gallery 2 & 3 in general...
I won't be migrating any of my G2 installs to G3 until its mature enough (performance, stability, etc..) and the upgrade path is well tested and proven to work, AND multisite is fully supported. The amount of G2 multisites I setup is about 15-20 every month - I have many users requesting G3 but I turned them down for the reasons I mentioned. I run a G3 install but still very sluggish.
If I ever won the lottery, I would hire 2-3 developers well versed in Gallery 2 to develop patches & code/speed enhancements (not features) for the benefit of 100,000s of satisfied G2 users out there. Though I'm not sure if the core devs will allow those patches to make it the repository, but if that's the case, most likely G2 will need to be forked. =)
my 2 cents.