12.04 is almost ready....
I've been working hard to make Dream Studio 12.04 the best release yet; not only because it will be the first release in the new schedule (once every two years), but also because I have many derivatives, products, and other goodies in store that will be directly related to this major release.
Tonight I'm working on testing livecd images. Not only for Dream Studio, but also for Dream Studio KDE, Dream Studio XFCE, and Dream Studio LXDE. While I enjoy testing these as an exercise in picking out inconsistencies, fixing bugs, and improving Dream Studio as a whole, I must admit I'm a bit tired. As such, I've decided on a final release schedule for Dream Studio 12.04:
Dream Studio's latest incarnation will be released very soon (in fact the liveDVD is ready now, I'm just testing on different machines before uploading - in fact, if I wasn't on ADSL and it didn't take 10+ hours to upload a 2.5GB iso, I'd probably have posted a couple betas already. As it is, I only have two computers capable of testing, and one is our family media center, so I can't do anything too crazy). As soon as Dream Studio 12.04 hits the internet, I'll begin refining the KDE version, and release it when ready. Next comes XFCE, and finally LXDE. The order was dictated by the poll I held recently to decide on an alternate desktop for Dream Studio.
I should admit, though, that maintaining a distribution single-handedly is a lot of work, and adding different DEs only complicates the matter. I'm not complaining. To me, adding choice is one of the best ways to attract more users and developers to the project, and things like that snowball in the FOSS world (which is exactly what I want), However, I was perhaps a bit too ambitious to think it would be simple to maintain different versions of Dream Studio without any help, and am thinking very strongly about cutting Dream Studio down to two major versions (Full and Lite) depending on what gets the most attention following the release of all the derivatives. Don't fret, however, as I promise all the aforementioned Dream Studio versions not only will be available eventually, but actually already exist on the computer I'm typing this from (currently using a stock Dream Studio 12.04 install).
Well, anyway, I really just needed a break from bugfinding.....