Dream Studio 11.10 Status Update
For those users who may have been wondering what (if anything) is going on as far as development, here is my update:
Dream Studio 11.10 is very close to being done. Currently all the packages are ready, so it's just a matter of building the installation DVD, testing it, and uploading to our servers. Expect this release to be ready by Jan. 20 2012.
There is currently only one package in Dream Studio which hasn't been moved to our PPAs yet: "dreamstudio-software-sources". In its current iteration (on 11.04), this package adds all the PPAs necessary for a full Dream Studio installation, and is supposed to handle re-enabling these sources after a distribution upgrade. Unfortunately it doesn't work properly, so anyone who's upgraded their system will have to re-enable these PPAs in their software sources to recieve up-to-date packages.
Speaking of distribution upgrades, that particular point has been the biggest frustration of this release cycle (although even that is admittedly a pretty mild consideration). When Ubuntu 11.10 was released, many may have noticed that a dialog opened in their 11.04 installations telling them of the new version and asking if they wanted to upgrade. I had no idea this was going to happen on release day, and as I had moved on to 11.10 development just as this happened, I didn't prepare a fix. As I mentioned, the re-enabling of software sources is broken on 11.04, making not only for a less-than-smooth upgrade process, but also one that was suggested by the aforementioned dialog. In 11.10, fixing the upgrade process is a number one priority, so that if this occurs again, people can upgrade without worry.
However, with the release of 12.04, as I have mentioned, the LTS version of Dream Studio will be the "official version", with regular releases being relegated to alpha, beta, and RC respectively, and as such, users will only be prompted to upgrade every two years, which will make my life, and hopefully those of the users, much easier. Fear not, however, as Dream Studio 12.04 (and 14.04, 16.04, etc.), will be semi-rolling releases, so that we can have all the stability of LTS for our base system, coupled with the most up-to-date versions of all the creative software that makes Dream Studio unique.
Meanwhile, if you're currently running Dream Studio 11.04 or 10.10, distribution upgrades should work smoothly now, although you'll have to re-enable your sources once the upgrade is complete. Sorry for the hassle!