We’re happy to announce that we’ve released a “mature release candidate” for FieldWorks 7.0.6 on Linux. It’s available now from packages.sil.org for Ubuntu Lucid through Precise. (Look for the package version number
7.0.6~rc4.) We believe this is “stable quality”, but we’re looking for more user feedback before giving it that label. By stable quality we mean that it’s ready for everyday work by average users, and does not have any bugs that would block someone from working or cause data corruption.
It should be noted that we’re also working hard at getting out a version that is in step with the Windows FieldWorks version, one that can open databases created by any released FieldWorks version (including the current 7.2.7). (Note that FW 7.0.6 can only open databases created by 7.0.6 or earlier.) With that in mind, there are a number of bugs in this release that we chose not to fix because we know they’re already fixed in the next version. However, we expect that these issues won’t keep users from doing their work.
So please download this version, try it out, and let us know what you find. Our current plan is that if you report issues that are blocking you from working, we’ll try to fix them quickly in a 7.0.6-based version. But if there are workarounds, we will likely fix them in the 7.2.x-compatible version, with the goal of getting that one out to you sooner.
We haven’t released 7.0.6 for Ubuntu Quantal yet. If it turns out to be relatively easy to produce a 7.0.6 for Quantal, we will do that soon. If not, Quantal support will have to wait for the 7.2.x-compatible version, which will target Precise onwards and drop support for Oneiric and earlier.
We also plan to upload a Debian build very soon.