Howdy all! I'm back in New York City after my holiday travels to visit friends and family. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and that your new year is off to a great start. I thought I'd drop a note in the forums and give everyone a status update on a few things.
First off, thanks for the well wishes for the holidays and for the 'feel better' sentiments. I wound up having bronchitis or something like it for about 4 of the last 6 weeks and nearly visiting the ER... at least partially due to overworking (like pulling the all-nighters leading up to the Suite release). Sadly, it resulted in me being unable to have Thanksgiving with my family for the first time in my life. But I did get better in time for Christmas and get to see my folks, sisters and nieces and nephews, which was great. ... before having a bit of a relapse the last week which slightly curtailed my New Year's plans
Second, as mentioned in a couple other threads (like this one), I've completed the updates to the PortableApps Menu code that resolve the GPL issues I'd mentioned earlier. I've got a colleague reviewing it and will be releasing it Thursday in the forums. If there are any Delphi 2006 folks out there, I'd appreciate a once-over to ensure it all compiles correctly and includes all the necessary files. It's about 1,000 lines of code and doesn't use anything other than the built-in Delphi bits and standard Windows API calls so it should be pretty straight-forward for folks. I'd also like folks to test it to ensure it introduced no bugs over the 1.0.2 Beta 2 release. As a bonus, it includes the pre-cursors to the theming and localization support I've discussed previously... so folks can start getting their feet wet with those features. More detail will be posted with the release.
Third, I'll be posting updated versions of Firefox, OpenOffice.org, etc this week to update to the new releases and include a new installer that checks for free space on the device and has better feedback in terms of installation progress.
Fourth, I'll also be posting the first bits about Portable Apps Format including what is supported now and what will be supported in the future. Basically, there's a lot that can be done with it and a lot of things that will be added as it matures. I'd like to get some opinions from other developers and users to ensure that we have all our bases covered going forward.
Fifth, donation levels jumped a bit after the 1.0 release of the PortableApps Suite to the point of possibly having a bit of extra money to play with (which is a very nice 1st). For those that don't know, all donation money goes towards hosting bills... not to me. The extra funds could allow me to bring a downloads server online to be able to host some freeware apps. Which brings me to the next point...
Sixth, as the platform has gotten popular (the 1.0 release already surpassed 1/3 of a million downloads and we've recently served up our 10 millionth portable app) many commercial application providers have expressed interest in bringing their applications to the platform... especially once I release the PAF guidelines. For some other apps that lots of folks like and don't have an open source equivalent (and have been requested many times), the possibility has also arisen for me to be able to get permission from some rather big software houses to create and distribute a portable package of their applications for free. I'd just need a place to host em. I've already specced out a download server that would provide use with lots of space for downloads, around 6TB of bandwidth over a dedicated connection, backups/managed support/etc and cost under $300 a month. I was planning on using my own funds (borrowed, actually) to support this initially... but with the uptick in donations, I may be able to give my overtaxed credit a break, but I wanted to be sure it was ok with the community first. Thoughts?
Seventh, I've started adding some new folks to the team here. This includes translators with partial admin access as well as some new moderators. I still have invitations out to a few others and a few more to send out... but I'll be making an announcement in the forums soon and providing an introductions thread to announce it to the wider community. This will be happening over the next several days. Drupal is, unfortunately, not as straight-forward about allowing folks to moderate specific things... so a bit more hacking is necessary to get things working correctly. *Please* don't ask to be a moderator or suggest who should be in this thread as that's not the purpose of this topic.
And Eighth, I'm putting the finishing touches on some agreements with hardware and software vendors that will allow this site to become self-sufficient and let me work on it full time. It will also allow this site to be able to fund some work on open source projects, which has been one of my big goals for it all along. I've given some details about this to a couple developers, but I'll hopefully be able to make an announcement in the next few weeks along these lines and get the ball rolling on it.
Ok... I think that about sums up the updates. Any input from everybody is encouraged. For now... I'm off to have a bite of dinner and code some more...