Finally, after many years of development, and a lot of hard hoeing, we have committed to a release date for a beta-test version of FieldWorks on Linux. This will be simultaneous with a test version of the rearchitected FieldWorks on Windows, and will incorporate the same rearchitected code.
However, the Linux version will contain a lot more untried code than the Windows version, since even the unrearchitected parts of the code have porting changes that have never been tried by users before, so we are being conservative about what we are actually committing to deliver. We can’t promise that it will be bug-free, but it will have all major functionality in place, and will not contain any known major bugs.
The date is May 22, and we plan to have Ubuntu packages for TE and Flex available at packages.sil.org on that date. We still have some major functionality to finish up by the end of this month (SideBar library, Pango renderer) but we will then enter an intensive three-month bug-squashing phase leading up to the release. We will also need to work on creating Ubuntu packages for FieldWorks.
Note that the May release will not have the multi-user data access capability that current FW has, on either platform. This is a planned aspect of the release schedule for the rearchitecture, and the multi-user capability will be released, on both platforms, three or four months later.