John mentioned something to me this morning and it's starting to make
more sense the more I think about it.
Are Ximian in trouble. I know that the easier it is to upgrade your
system the more likely you are to do so. With the introduction of the
Helix-Installer it was a breeze to run cutting edge pre-Gnome 1.2 code.
There where updates to packages daily and the updates where easily
applied with teh Helix-Update program.
Then things started to slow down...a lot. Those of us who liked Helix
Gnome and where keeping tabs on what was going on new that they where
putting a lot of resources towards projects like Evolution and all the
bonobo etc. backend work. We also knew that they where working on
RedCarpet. So to my mind at least that explained the slow down. Plus the
fact that Gnome 1.2 was pretty rock solid when released so it didn't
need that many updates.
So a good few weeks ago now RedCarpet was released. The snapshots for
Evolution eventually started to come on line. But from what I can tell
this is the only channel that is receiving any attention. Gnome 1.4 beta
channel is in the same stat it was when it was first released. There has
been a Beta 2 and RC 1 release of Gnome 1.4 source code which never made
it to the channels.
I could just be a lack of communication from the company, I do know that
they are working on a version of the Ximian Desktop that is based on the
1.4 source tree. But still there has been nothing mentioned officially.
So I'm starting to think that perhaps not all is well in the primate
land of Ximian.
End of rant
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