Quick Update

Posting rules: It shouldn't need saying, but... play nice. Please keep your discussions civil. You can disagree, just don't be disagreeable. And, of course, all of the usual stuff like no spamming. Tex adds: I'll be rigorously enforcing this as we go along. We're probably going to be a small community in a little lifeboat, so we can't have members at each others' throats. This is for the sake of the project as a whole. So when you post, pretend you're speaking in person with your very wealthy auntie who has always treated you wonderfully and currently lists you prominently in her will. I won't be tossing anyone out of the forums because we are all in this together (except spammers: immediate membership cancelation), but I'll delete suspect posts right away.

We are still shooting for a public release of the Windows version ASAP, however this morning I received messages from members of the Dev Team that there is now a compilation error in the Windows build that is being worked on. I also heard from current lead developer Pavel Benak that the Linux build is compiling OK, so perhaps we will be moving to the Linux Beta test by tomorrow, after I check with him this morning (afternoon for him). I have no new report for the Mac build, unfortunately. Also this morning...<!--break-->... I will be meeting with my Drupal friend to nail down some things about the website, which needs an immediate update of its Drupal core and for a couple of the modules, so that I can finally change it into something better looking (first) and more functional/more ready for increased functionality(ies). I will also be contacting the translation team for an update from them. Finally, even after a bit of weeding we are now up over 560 members with as many as 6-10 new registrations daily---some days fewer, but now hardly a day goes by without new member registrations. Somehow the word is getting out. I will be sending out a mass mailing next week or so to try to reach all the dormant members we haven't heard from in a long while. My hope is that once we release the software to the public, these new forums will be more vibrant than the old LZ forums ever were.

On a side note, I am intrigued and a little surprised by our not so scientific poll results about members' operating systems. That Linux users are now approaching Windows users' percentages is terrific---it's good for us to be spread out this way. I am a bit disappointed at the Mac numbers, considering how the great press LZ got from MacWorld and MacUser early on, and that there were quite a few Mac users on the old LZ forums hosted by Lightcrafts. I am not sure but think that most of our Linux users are not from the U.S. ----certainly this is reflected in the Dev Team makeup. This is personally interesting to me, since here in the U.S. we tend to be brainwashed a bit by nationalistic propaganda, government and otherwise, about the U.S. being such technological leaders. I started finding out at the end of the '90's from a former French colleague how misleading such an idea was, mostly only true militarily. In terms of personal tech, like cell phone use, broadband and fiber optics capabilities, openness to different tech (Linux, Opera, open source, etc.), this tends to be much less true. Ours is very much an international community now, with most of our new membership coming from Europe and Scandinavia, but a number from Australia and New Zealand. My earnest hope is that we will soon spread into the Middle East, India, East Asia, and South America (we already have a few members from India, South America, and East Asia).