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Have you ever found yourself waking up (without a crazy alarm clock) with a pit in your stomach, because you didn't do what you committed to do the prior day?  That's how I felt this morning.  The open source world is not the same as the world I have lived in for the past 16 years and I'm learning lessons fast!


I set a hard date of Sept. 30, 2009 for the release of ClearOS 5.1 Beta.  Unfortunately setting that date encroached upon the process Peter Baldwin and many others in the community have been using to release code for the last 10 years. The process has been, "DING, DING, DING, the code is done and on the table, come and get it!" not, "Dinner will be ready at 7:35pm."


ClearOS 5.1 Beta delay... apologies

Posted by: Peter Baldwin

Tagged in: clearos , beta , 5.1

Short version -- The release of ClearOS 5.1 Beta is going to slip.  We (read: I) apologize for the missed commitment, and will do our best to make sure it does not happen again.  Our hope is to have a beta in your hands in time for the weekend.

Long version -- There's no excuse for the missed deadline, but thought you should know what's going on.   The underlying operating system is ready to go and we're putting the finishing touches on usability and interface design.  Last night, we decided that the menu system was just not workable (and almost unusable on my Ubuntu/Firefox laptop!).  In the next day or two, we'll be replacing the menu system with an interim solution.  It will likely be changed before the 5.1 final release, but at least we'll have something to beta test!


I posted a comment on LinkedIn a couple of weeks ago asking what people expected to see with ClearFoundation.  I had formulated my own vision but I totally missed the social networking aspect.  I am very impressed with inclusion of the social media type tools.  It has become painfully obvious that communications in the world wide web is focused on movements.  What better movement then replacing your entire infrastructure with a product like ClearFoundation?  What better way then allowing members to communicate with eachother in an open platform?  "Yahoo!" or should I say "Clear4U!"