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Road to 012

Another version, another roadmap. We took a long time to write this one, which ended up delaying its release time after time after time. I usually like to take this space to write some looking-back review of the development of the project (release milestones are always a good moment for that), but I feel I just can't delay this roadmap any longer. On the bright side, this roadmap was more collaboratively written than any of the previous ones. :)

Having said that, I feel the next release will be a turning point in terms of user experience, even if there are no big architectural changes. And the reason of that is Manager, André's graphical frontend for Compile and Scripts. Another big change is that GoboLinux 012 might mark the end of an era. It is consensus among the GoboLinux team that the project needs to enter a new stage. We'll need some changes in the way the overall project is handled, which mean gradually adopting more of a "bazaar" model -- developments like Compile give us a way to decentralize the development in a structured, documented manner. No set decisions were made yet -- only general ideas sketched -- but discussions should following in the mailing list. On the bright side, the end of an era is the beginning of another. :)

Well, so it turns out I managed to write my usual bit of blurb. Enough of it, on to the features!

Some things from the 011 roadmap still hold true as to-do work:

Some things from the 007 roadmap still hold true as to-do work:

The i386 port

There was considerable work on i386 since the last release, and as you can see in the downloads page, we finally have a beta. It's not known at this stage if 012 will come out in i686 and i386 flavors. Ultimately, I think demand will dictate that. As far as I remember, there were not many (or any?) reports on the mailing list about the i386 beta. Since the team is overloaded with tasks (GoboLinux-related and otherwise), i386 is low-priority now. We keep a working version because of the social project we're involved with, but I personally don't know if a release-quality ISO (with live-CD GUI and other fluff) is coming. [Disclaimer: I'm not the best person to talk about this though, so if the other guys want to update this text, please feel free to do so.] On the bright side, information regarding the status of the i386 port is now much more precise than it was in the previous roadmaps. :)

The long run

(Who can tell what the future holds? Gobo?)