We have been issuing new alpha releases over the preceding months, and various people have been installing them from packages.sil.org. Our release schedule hasn’t been the same as for the Windows version, but we have just issued alpha8 packages that correspond to the same point in development as the Windows alpha 3. These will be the last alpha releases for either platform.
The first Windows beta will be issued just before Christmas (we hope) and the Linux beta soon after.
We’re grateful to all the people who have helped us with testing, by trying out each new FieldWorks package as it became available, reporting bugs diligently and giving us general feedback. Thanks!
The alpha8 release is the first one to be split up into multiple packages (apart from the fieldworks-mono and fieldworks-libgdiplus support libraries that have been there from the beginning). The full list of packages is:
- fieldworks-applications – applications (required)
- fieldworks-examples – example projects (optional)
- fieldworks-libgdiplus – support library (required, installed automatically)
- fieldworks-movies – tutorial movies (optional)
- fieldworks-mono – support library (required, installed automatically)
- fieldworks – a metapackage that installs everything (optional)
If you select just fieldworks-applications for installation, you can avoid downloading the very large fieldworks-movies package (257MB). However, we do recommend installing fieldworks-examples (17MB).
This release includes updated versions of fieldworks-libgdiplus and fieldworks-mono, and these updated versions are required by fieldworks-applications.
Currently, packages are available for Ubuntu (karmic, lucid and maverick releases) and Debian (testing, aka squeeze). However, we will probably drop support for Ubuntu karmic in the beta.
For detailed instructions for installing and using FieldWorks on Linux, please visit our wiki pages.