The GeoServer project does have some budget. We could also put in a request
to SAC to host a Mac mini for us and provide Jenkins '/ shell access.

Jody Garnett

On 22 February 2018 at 11:08, Torben Barsballe <>

> So, this topic has come up before, when the OS X build server was still
> usable but to be deprecated in "the near future". We didn't have too much
> luck on executing on a good solution then.
> My thoughts:
>    - Dropping the installer would not be the end of the world, but should
>    still be a last resort. The system independent binary runs fine on OS X
>    (and Java is generally installed by default). If we go this route, we need
>    to be sure to update the install instructions
>    <>.
>    - If we can get some OSGeo funding for a mac build server that
>    definitely seems like the best option.
>    - Someone manually building the installers seems like a good way to
>    get a mac installer only on some releases and not on others (due to
>    availability or lack thereof), which almost seems worse from a user
>    perspective then not building the installer at all. I feel like we would
>    want at least two volunteers if we were to seriously consider this option.
> I also have a suggestion for a fourth option:
>    - If we are okay with an unsigned installer, I have heard there is a
>    way of spinning up a OS X build box on demand via Travis CI; this might be
>    a easy way of generating the OS X artifacts. I don't know much more about
>    this, but this looks like it could be another option.
> Torben
> On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 1:08 AM, Andrea Aime <
> > wrote:
>> Hi,
>> after a chat on gitter yesterday it seems clear 2.11.5 and 2.13-beta will
>> not have a OSX installer.
>> The OSX build server that was used to build the installers is gone, and
>> in order to build a signed
>> installer one needs to get a hold of OSGeo certificate, which requires
>> some procedure and control
>> to be given out.
>> So, options coming to mind:
>>    - We simply drop the installer?
>>    - Can we use OSGeo funding to get a build server going again? Looks
>>    like the are some "reasonably" priced options here:
>>    <>
>>    - Can we get a volunteer that will build the installer manually every
>>    month? Can we go with an unsigned installer, or will we find someone 
>> that's
>>    willing and trusted enough to get a hold of the OSGeo certificate?
>> Ideas? Anyone interested in volunteering?
>> Cheers
>> Andrea
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