PortableApps.com Status Update (2011-02-19): New Apps, Platform Progress, Site Progress and More
Submitted by John T. Haller on February 19, 2011 - 9:41pm
It's time for another 'PortableApps.com Status Update' on what's new in the last week. We've got new apps, an update on the platform progress, an update on site upgrade progress, and more. Read on for the details
In the last 9 days we've had another 9 new apps go live. You can easily track new releases in the New Apps Tracker we debuted last week. It's linked from the homepage just below the news announcements, too.
Drupal Upgrade Progress
We've made a bit more progress in preparing for a manual Drupal upgrade. We're hoping to try out the first of the scripts this week to ensure data imports properly. Once it does, we'll schedule an off-hour upgrade which should take no more than a couple hours. Once complete, we'll be able to start proceding with improved localization.
We're still exploring some options for fund-raising in the run-up to 2.0. We like the idea of a PortableApps.com store where you can buy t-shirts, mousepads, mugs, etc. We're also looking into doing a branded drive just as a fundraiser. We don't want to do it long-term as we're not looking to compete with our upcoming hardware partnerships.
As mentioned before, bandwidth costs continue to grow and the need for additional hardware presents itself, the additional funds are definitely going to help. In terms of monthly unique visitors, we're closing in on the likes of BoingBoing, SlashDot and similar sites and the hosting costs are reflecting that. Currently, we're covering the additional overhead from personal funding sources.
We still plan to kick this off soon after the 1.9 release is posted and will be providing more details at the time. We may do something similar to wikipedia's call for donations, though likely without my face looking sad on every page of the site. :) We're always looking for ideas and suggestions as well, so feel free to drop us a note to our developer contact address or post a note in the forums.
1.9 / 2.0 Beta 6 Platform Progress
The final method (for now, anyway) for adding new apps via the updater has been completed and now I'm updating the database to better provide all the data it needs. There are still a couple bugs in categories to complete but they should be done soon. Once the updater and categories are complete and relatively stable, we'll be pushing the release out for both stable and beta users. This was a light week in terms of platform progress, but things are still moving forward.
That's it for this update. Unlike this week (whose update was a bit later than planned) next week's update will be happening earlier in the week, so keep an eye on this blog. Have a great weekend everybody!