Dream Studio 11.04 made its debut late last week, and has been hugely successful so far. When I posted the installation DVD, Dream Studio's total downloads to date (since Oct. 2010, when Dream Studio 10.04 - its first version - was released) were approaching 5000. Since Distrowatch posted our Dream Studio press release to their front page, downloads have skyrocketed, and downloads of just this latest version are approaching the 7000 mark, all in less than a week!
This is great news not only for me (being the sole developer), but for all Dream Studio users, as there has been much feedback on Dream Studio both here and in the many online forums that this news has spread to. Here are the most often heard suggestions for Dream Studio and where progress stands with respect to them:
1. 64-bit support - This is by far the most requested feature in Dream Studio. I have tried to reassure others wherever possible that a 64-bit version is in the works, but that until it's ready, our current version will happily work with systems that have up to 64GB of RAM, and that high counts of RAM are by far the biggest reason to use 64-bit in the first place (in fact, I have yet to see a demonstrable advantage to 64-bit in any other case). Expect a 64-bit release of Dream Studio later this week, but bear in mind that the migration tool I've mentioned that I'm working on has not even begun development, and probably won't be released before our version 11.10 comes out sometime around January 2012.
2. Package Selection - This is the second most requested feature, and closely trails 64-bit support in terms of feature-request popularity. I have just finished the package selector for Dream Studio, and will probably include it ASAP (I'll have to re-upload the installation DVD to do so), or at least at the same time as I post the 64-bit version.
3. Different Desktop Environment - Many people dislike the Unity interface. While Dream Studio will always use the same desktop as stock Ubuntu by default, creating variants based on Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, and Linux Mint will be quite easy. Expect to start seeing some of these during the 12.04 release cycle.
Lots to look forward to, so stay tuned!