Johnny A. Solbu

Forking Grip. Help wanted

Posted December 30, 2016 by Solbu in Gnu-Linux (GNU/Linux, software, Grip)

I have been thinking for some months now about forking Grip, the GTK cd ripper. Mainly in order to ensure it's still usable and included in the various distributions, as it is my prefered cd ripper. The last release was in june 25, 2005, and it show all the signs of being abandoned. No development, no answering of bug repports. I have been thinking for a few years that unless someone steps up and try to continue it's development, it might one day be to much work to package it and it would be dropped. I know that debian dropped it some years ago.

Today I made the big step and forked it. The code is in a git repo at Sourceforge The main reason for using sourceforge and not Github is file hosting. I like SourceForges file hosting capabillities. Yes, one can tag versions in git in order to release, but it's not the same.

I am not a programmer, so at least currently it is not much I can do with regards to the coding. But I can implement small changes, check and apply patches that come in, and so on.

So if any one want to help continue the development, join me, join the project.

If you have patches that should be implemented, join the development team or open a ticket at the SF-project. I have applied the Mageia patches, and one from Arch linux.

For the time being, the project name and upcoming tarball releases is grip2, but the binary and so on is the same. At least for now.