We are now just a week away from our planned release date of Monday, May 24. Everyone is working hard on fixing bugs, and I’m working hard on putting Ubuntu packages together so that it can be installed through the normal mechanisms.
The packaging process has revealed several small deficiencies in the way the programs are laid out and put together, which has required some last-minute adjustments, but nothing too drastic.
The most significant news is that the Windows test release has been put back to mid-June because several key pieces of functionality aren’t finished yet. Because this functionality is part of the program core it’s need for the Linux version too. That means we can’t release a fully-functional test version for Linux until mid-June either.
We’re still planning to have packages available for download on Monday. It’s just that this will be an alpha-quality release rather than a beta. We’re hoping that some intrepid people will join our efforts by trying out the software and giving us detailed feedback on what they find.
If you choose to use the software you need to understand that it probably will crash from time to time, maybe even frequently, and that there are no guarantees that it won’t scramble your data. Also, we would like you to commit to working with us by providing full information about what you find and by trying out any fixes or workarounds that we might ask you to check for us.
A version of FieldWorks for Linux has been many years in the making, so this is a historic moment for us. We look forward to sharing it with you next week!