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Personal Information Manager

Omea is open to the community

Now that Michael has publicly posted the official news in the Confluence wiki for Omea and in the newsgroups (i.e. coyly here via a three-part post featuring Esperanto and Alice in Wonderland), I want to also draw attention to this important open source event: http://svn.jetbrains.org/omeaopen.

I caught word of this milestone coming via Jeff Loftus. Serge was kind enough to cut Jeff and I in a couple of days early on the SVN link via the Omea multi-user chat room. (Using Miranda to access the MUC was painless).

I see, too, that David and Dmitry have picked up the news.

It took almost ten months since I posted my open letter to the Omea crew, but they have delivered.

Looks like I need to demonstrate “Omea Master” status. :-)

An open letter to Jetbrains about Omea

From: Craig Randall
Sent: 5/30/2007 7:45:19 PM
Newsgroups: jetbrains.omniamea.eap, jetbrains.omea.reader, jetbrains.omea.pro, jetbrains.omea.dev
Subject: When will the source finally become open for Omea?

Omea Team-

Many months ago Jetbrains announced that Omea was going open source. However, to date the source is still entirely closed. There has been very little explanation about the lack of follow-through (timely or otherwise) concerning progress (or challenges) in achieving the publicly announced goal of making Omea an open source project.

When you read through a significant number of posts since the Omea announcement, it’s obvious that the Omea community is loyal. But all loyalty has its limits, and I fear that Jetbrains is pushing this community to the point of writing off the announcement as vaporous. That is really unfortunate and completely unnecessary. From my correspondence separately with you, I know that there is still passion around Omea (i.e. the core dev’s at Jetbrains).

So, what say you? Can you give your long-suffering community a definitive answer about when you will finally make Omea fully open source?


It’s also been almost six months since version 2.2 was released. So regardless of the critical environment around open sourcing your product, you need to convince your community that, regardless of open/closed, Omea is alive and well, receiving its due care and feeding one way or another.

You made Omea free (as in free beer); now, please liberate Omea.

Sincerely, your languishing advocate…

Update 3/14/2008: JetBrains has finally released Omea under GPL v2, and the community can participate in its ongoing development (!!). More in a separate post

Open source Omea!

Earlier today JetBrains Omea Development Lead, Michael Gerasimov, made it public and official: “After collecting your opinions and having long internal discussions, we have finally decided to move both Omea Reader and Omea Pro into the open source domain.” Michael had alerted me to this excellent news privately before the newsgroup-based announcement, but once again I agreed to wait for JetBrain’s lead.

This is great news for Omea users like me, content management developers and solutions architects like me, and fans of open source… :-)

Here are some more details from this announcement:

  • The licensing of this new open source project has yet to be announced (e.g. GNU, Apache, etc.).
  • The repository for this project has yet to be announced (e.g. SourceForge, etc.).
  • Omea Pro is immediately available free of charge.
  • JetBrains will release version 2.2 of Omea Pro and Omea Reader before the product goes open source in the traditional sense.
  • JetBrains is going to ensure Visual Studio 2005 readiness before the product goes open source (e.g. project files, potential optimization for .NET 2.0, etc.).
  • Source code currently resides in a p4 repository. It will migrate into a Subversion repository before it goes open source.
  • The new build scheme will leverage JetBrains TeamCity.

Alas and unfortunately, omea.org is already claimed by Ottawa Musicians and Entertainers Association.

Update 3/15/2008: Although over a year later, Omea is finally open to the community In doing so, JetBrains has released the open source project via SVN off its domain and with a code base requiring .NET 3.0 and Visual Studio 2008–among other components.

An open source Omea?

Now that Michael Gerasimov, one of the last remaining Omea developers at JetBrains, has gone public on the jetbrains.omea.pro newsgroup with the state of affairs at JetBrains concerning Omea, I can comment here.

While JetBrains may receive more revenue and recognition from its IntelliJ IDEA product (e.g. leading edge refactoring support in a Java IDE), Omea represents a compelling and leading offering in the personal information management space. I certainly hope that Omea continues to thrive long from now in one way or another. Thoughts of an open source Omea project are particularly exciting, but I’d be just as happy for JetBrains to decide to maintain it as a viable commercial offering.

My worst fear is that Omea may simply die–be quietly taken offline and become forgotten…nothing more than archived code, binaries and docs…thoughts of what could have been.

There is certainly software deserving of such a fate, but Omea is not among it. Not by a long shot!

Update 3/15/2008: My fears have been relieved.

A feed and a facelift

A few people commented to me that my previous color scheme was a bit hard to read; so, I hope that you find the new palette to be an improvement.

More importantly, I finally found the time to produce an RSS 2.0 feed for my blog. (It’s only been a year without one.)

OK, I realize that some of you (e.g. in my family) are thinking about saying bless you or gesundheit after reading an RSS 2.0 feed for my blog, but this means that I can simply state this fact to my family and friends and each person can decide for his or herself if it matters. If it does matter to you, having a feed means that you can now subscribe to my site using a feed reader. When I post something new, your reader will recognize this for you and deliver the new content straight to your eyeballs.

Need a reader? Here’s what I recommend that you do:

  • Visit JetBrains web site and fill out a free Omea Reader license form (no later than 3/31/2005 if free is important to you) .
  • Download the latest released version of Omea Reader installer to, for example, your local desktop.
  • Install Omea Reader and enter the license key JetBrains sent your email address you specified on the form provides here.
  • Launch Omea Reader and choose Tools | Subscribe to Feed… from its menu system.
  • In the first field at the top, enter the following link after the provided http:// prefix: craigrandall.net/feed/ (i.e. the whole link should look like http://craigrandall.net/feed/).
  • Click Next.
  • Keep the default feed title I’ve set (a musing) or change it to whatever you prefer.
  • Click Next and finish the subscription.
  • Omea Reader should then grab the contents of my feed, which you can subsequently read.

I hope that you find my new feed valuable.

Update 3/21/2005: changed my feed link to reference my current WP-based feed rather than my hand-crafted feed at the time this post was originally published.

Update 12/22/2005: Omea Reader is free indefinitely. Simply use the key provided on its download page. You can also import my OPML file into Omea Reader (or any other OPML-aware feed reader) to get started (i.e. File | Import Feed Subscriptions…).