General update: Things are hoppin'!

A belated Happy New Year to all MusicBrainzers out there!

If things seem quiet in MusicBrainz land, don’t be fooled! The style mailing list is quite busy with activity as the style process has been rebooted. Development is happening at a frenzied pace as most developers are focusing on the server rewrite that has been in progress since summer last year. In a sense its already fulfilling one of its goals: More developers are taking a look at the improved, easier to understand and easier to install codebase. I don’t think we’ve ever had this many developers tinkering with the server source code!

We’re now in the process of coordinating a growing team of developers and charting the course for future releases. Its still too early to really tell what the next release will include exactly, but once a concrete plan starts shaping up, I’ll post an update here. Also, another team of people is hard at work at creating a new binary install of Picard for OS X. You can follow all the happenings on the developers mailing list.

Finally, the MetaBrainz Foundation, the legal entity that pays the bills for MusicBrainz made it through another year of being self sufficient! In 2008 the non-profit earned $126,442.26 and spent $94,717.79. Now we have $30,000 more in the bank than we did this time last year. This finally gives us money to spend on development to move MusicBrainz along! For all the details on how we earned/spent our money, check out our finances page and our 2008 Profit and Loss statement.

Finally, the BBC continues to tout the virtues of MusicBrainz: BBC Music talking semantics

Onward into an exciting 2009 we go!

4 thoughts on “General update: Things are hoppin'!”

  1. This is possibly going to sound a bit naff, but I really liked it in previous years (2006!) how you used to do an Annual Report; throw in some interesting stats and interesting tidbits about the finances and such. It all felt like some nice consolidation of the progress made alongside the financial inputs that affected that progress. ( )

    Was there poor/insufficient feedback about the reports, or did they not get read much? Or, as I’m guessing, is it just a time thing?

  2. My intentions for the report were all grand – I was proud to show that we’d become self-sufficient and I wanted the people inside and outside of MB to see what we were up to. The overall response was a resounding THUD. Few people read it, few people cared. I got pretty much zilch feedback. And it took until October of ’08 for someone to notice that there was no annual report.

    In short, while it was fun, I could spend my time on much better things. I am, however, considering writing a longer blog post that covers our finances in more detail, top contributors and cost per hit/ws hit. The rest can just be forgotten for now — maybe when the foundation has more non-technical staff we can resume that.

  3. That makes sense! FWIW, I noticed it as soon as it didn’t happen last year but was too scared to ask whether there was going to be another one at that point :-]

    That longer blog post sounds like a winner in any case. I guess if I’m honest I most liked the more “social” aspects of your report coming out of the database and web statistics, as well as the people involved with helping you keep things running, and the development etc (before I was more closely following the development situation).

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