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FieldWorks Beta 7 released

FieldWorks 7.0.6~beta7 for Linux was uploaded to packages.sil.org last night. We have begun to have problems getting packages done for all the different versions of Ubuntu and that is partly why it has taken so long to get the new packages ready, but these have all been tested and seem to install okay in Ubuntu versions from Lucid on.

The current Windows stable version is 7.2.4. You will not be able to exchange data between this version of Windows and the Linux version. If you need to exchange data between Windows and Linux, you need to remain on the Windows 7.0.6 version for now.

The Linux FieldWorks instructions, located here, have now been updated some. If you experience problems please check these instructions first.

As before, we encourage you to report bugs via our Bugzilla site, although sending email as described in the crash report dialog is also acceptable. We will then create a Bugzilla item and subscribe you to it, so that others can see what is being reported and learn about any workarounds or fixes. Please let us know when you report by email if you prefer that your details don’t appear in Bugzilla. Email addresses are hidden from people who aren’t logged in, but anyone can create an account and then see addresses.

Bibledit in OLPC emulation

At the Bibledit web site here go to Download, Installation procedure and find instructions for installing Bibledit on the OLPC. This was tested in the VMPlayer OLPC emulation (running OLPC build 625) and it was successful. We used the XO activity button at the Bibledit web site per the instructions. We did however do our own build of Bibledit so as to have the current version. The Bibledit build was done on a separate computer and then transfered to the OLPC emulation.

OLPC in an emulator

The B2 development machine we currently have will not run the latest OLPC builds so I have been attempting to get them running in an emulator. I decided to try all 3 emulators to see what issues there were with each one, the 3 being Qemu, VMPlayer and VirtualBox.

After doing the installs the launchers are put in various places. Qemu puts the launcher under Accessories, VMPlayer puts the launcher under Other and VirtualBox winds up in System Tools as Innotek VirtualBox. More detailed instructions are available for the emulations here http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Emulating_the_XO. The following is not meant to be instructions but is a short collection of tips for each emulator that were either hard to find at the above website or were not at this website.

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