new release!

Ok. I know, I've been failing to post here. What if I said it's 'cause we've been really busy the last month. No good? What about if I could quantify "really busy" with some examples. Yes? Maybe?

For starters, how about a new release of the system? Yup, 0.9.6 is now available. Go get it! You may notice that this is another point release. That said, it represents a lot of changes. There's support for multiple nodes, new interfaces and utilities throughout, etc. What this release isn't is a production-ready, scalable, easily managable system.

Why are we releasing it today, then, and why at revision 0.9.6? Well, I could rattle off a host of reasons, but Jim has already covered the issues quite eloquently. In a nutshell, this is a bleeding-edge developer release. We've been working on updates for a long time, and I for one am tired of posting to the forums saying things like "oh, yeah, that's what happens in 0.9.5 but it will all be better soon." Well, soon is now. Go check out the latest bits!

We want to get the community more involved. We want to keep people up-to-date on what's happening. We want this to actually progress into being a true open source project. You'll notice that Jim mentioned getting our repository out to the public. Also, a developer mailing list. Please come join the developer list if you want to hear what we're discussing, or join in. I'm going to kick-off a discussion there soon of a certain issue related to time.

Now that everyone can see what's happening, it's going to be a lot easier to post to this blog. I think I've started a series of posts three or four times related to profiling and debugging, only to decide it was too confusing to talk about the current release versus the current internal codebase. Look for some "fun" (for some extremely nerdy values of "fun") blog entries soon.

Yeah, so, this is a lot of what's been keeping us busy. You know, and travel, and working with some other communities like Project Wonderland (have you checked them out? no? shame on you! go look right now..). The most important thing is that we want feedback and discussion. We want people to come join in how this project grows. Look for some cool things to happen in the next few months, including (I hope) a lot of utility projects starting on the side. Thanks to everyone for your continued interest in this project, and for helping to create the young but growing community that I have to say is fun to be part of!

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