Gallery is going into hibernation

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The Gallery team has decided to take a step back from actively maintaining this project. Truth be told, most of the core team got busy with their lives over the past few years and we haven't had the time to really actively maintain the project in a long time. The forums have continued to be lively and helpful and there is still plenty of good conversation there - but no new code has been written in the past 6 months and that's not likely to change.

So after over 14 years, 3 major revisions of the project, many tens of releases, hundreds of contributors, tens of thousands of lines of code, almost a hundred thousand forum topics and almost four hundred thousand comments, it's time for us to shutter up shop.

Why not just leave the site up and operational? Unfortunately - it takes time to actively maintain and police our site. The Gallery website is constantly under attack by spammers and our servers require maintenance. We've been doing that for years, but it's time to call it quits.

So what's next? Sometime soon we'll make the website read only. All the forum posts and topics will still be there, but we'll stop letting people log in and add new content. This will greatly prevent the spread of spam through the site while still allowing search engines to find useful content. Then we'll put the whole site into a very low-overhead maintenance mode until we run out of money to keep it up. Then we'll shut the site down.

While the site is hibernating, some systems will continue to work. You'll be able to download translations for Gallery 3, for example. But at some point we'll stop accepting translation uploads. And when we run out of money, translations will go away. Sorry about that.

It's been a great ride. I'm glad that you could join us with it. But now it's time to move on.


PS: If you're interested in taking over the project - email me and we can talk. You need to be serious about it though because I'm not handing this over to somebody who just wants to use it for SEO purposes. My email address is easy to find. Also, I won't be reading private messages.

Serge D's picture

No wiki, but there is my take -

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Thanks for your work! I used all versions for so many years and never got disappointed.

Oldiesmann's picture

Such a shame to see this, but I can't really say I'm surprised, considering how long it's been since G3 was released.

Thanks for all your hard work over the years. I still believe that G2 is the best gallery software ever made (never got into G3 - it lacked integration/embedding features and didn't seem as powerful as G2), and am starting to look for ways to eventually migrate away from it.

Hopefully someone will eventually pick up the project and continue on.
The Oldiesmann
SMF Lead Developer

bgriffiths's picture

Very sad news - >12 years a Gallery user here. My best wishes for the future to all the developers.

I have successfully migrated my small V3 Gallery to Piwigo. There is a conversion utility
which seems to work pretty well

I hope someone either takes over this project or forks it.

This is the best open source photo gallery software out there from what I've seen.

Thank you, Bharat, for all the effort and time you've put into this great project. And thanks to everyone in your team for their love, support, and passion of this work. Good luck to everyone and may each path taken leads you to much opportunity, good health, and success!