New Owner Wanted for KeyStore Explorer
Update – New Owner Found.
“Owner wanted for a ten year old freeware key management application that answers to the name KeyStore Explorer. KeyStore Explorer is fun and rewarding to maintain, has a clean codebase and comes packed with utility. However, this mature application still has a lot of potential for a new owner to add useful functionality. KeyStore Explorer’s author can no longer take care of it and so KeyStore Explorer requires a new home to get the love and attention it deserves.”
Okay, so KeyStore Explorer (KSE) is not an old dog looking for a home. However, it does require help if it is to continue to evolve.
Since KSE went freeware it has become increasingly popular. With more than 1,500 downloads every month I like to think that it is helping lots of folks out. However, it pains me to admit that, after ten years of development, I am no longer the best person to look after KSE. this is because I no longer have the time to maintain it, far less drive it forward.
What I do not want is for KSE to die a slow death because I am not prepared to let go of the helm. So I am using this blog post as an advertisement to attract a new steward for the utility. I am open to ideas as to what type of ownership this would entail although open sourcing the application seems a logical choice which I am in no way opposed to. Continuing the application as a freeware application or commercialising it are other (less attractive) options that have occurred to me.
You may ask why I don’t just open source it myself. Well there are two reasons. Reason number one is that open sourcing and simply casting the application to the void is not enough to ensure the application’s future. I believe that there has to be a defined owner or owners to take charge of its direction. Reason number two is that there are a couple of impediments that will need to be overcome before the codebase is open source compliant. These impediments are not trivial but nor are they, in my opinion, insurmountable with the current availability of open source alternatives.
You may get the impression from the paragraph above that I just want to chuck the codebase at a willing participant and walk away. What I propose instead is that I provide the successful applicant(s) with the following:
- The full codebase including the mostly complete, unreleased version 4.2 features.
- Licenses for all supporting tools and third party libraries.
- Ownership of the existing lazgosoftware.com domain for long term use or as a means of redirect to a new home for KSE.
- My ongoing support via email with any questions regarding the application and codebase.
All I require, as the original author, is that my name remain associated with KSE.
If you would like to be the new owner of KSE and think you can do the application justice then drop me a line at the Lazgo Software contact page. We can talk details and I will endeavour to answer any questions you may have. If a deal is struck I will post the outcome on this blog.
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