I have some good news and some bad news :
The Good news :
It has been MANY months in the works for me to design a perfect patching system that delivers patches to blend in well with having multiple repo’s as well as our own in the sourceslist without going the same route that many other developers go with “the custom patches route”. An effort that altho has worked in the past was not as effective as I would have liked and often caused more frustration than anything else. However, with the release of Cinnamon Edition this system now works with MUCH greater effect. Therefore patching should be far smoother now than ever before, where not only can i send a patch through to the user, but i can also allow the user a hotfix direct install if the need arises. I can now also send through new themes, wallpapers, icon packs, software straight onto the users system without the need for the user to manually install them. Ofcourse the user still has FULL control of choosing to install or ignore it. This just adds to the level of Quality I am now able to offer users long term on releases.
Well, this is how I was hoping to start the first week of Release, by sending through some nice new extra content to users, but thank you to the hackers, this whole system has been derailed with repository box being hacked …. Instead of getting back to work on the next version I have to spend the next week or so rebuilding the box, Thank god I kept backup’s … Don’t worry tho, I will rebuild the Repo box and this system will Go live
The Bad News :
I no longer have the time to maintain 5 Desktop environments on this project, The last few months the income from this project has been lacking seriously, with just 1 donation in 4 months and me having to pay out my pocket to keep the project going, it has forced me to go back to my regular day job, cutting development time by quite a bit. Keep in mind that I am a solo developer that single handedly maintains the website, forums, repository servers, release development, patch development, graphic design, advertising and so forth, this project is a huge amount of responsibility. I have on numerous occasions asked if any other developers would be interested to assist with development, and so far no one has opted for a position. I am happy to continue work on Makulu, but everything comes at a price.
Therefore I have come to the decision that with my current schedule I can maintain a maximum of 2 Desktop environments at the present time, Cinnamon being 1 of them, the other still undecided. I have made a voting Poll where users can vote for which other DE they want, so please take a moment and cast your vote, the DE with the most votes by end of November 2014 will be the next on my List for release. This means that as it stands now, Makulu will only support 2 Desktop environments, Cinnamon + the DE with the most votes.
Release cycles will now also be slacked down, as we are based on Debian testing and with being rolling release, users will still continue to receive patches on current releases. However, the Major milestone releases will now take place when they are ready instead of on a specific scheduled cycle.
In short, these changes will allow me the freedom with my schedule to maintain Quality over Quantity.
I have never been one to ask for donations and neither have I ever done this for money, But this is the real world we live in and money is necessary to maintain a big project like this full time, so if and when donations pick up again to a point where i can work full time on the project, or i find a viable solution to fund Makulu, I will consider adding additional Releases.
So cast your vote for the DE you would like to see with the next big release …