It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Core v14.0RC1 and TKLDev v14.0RC1! But first a little history and context... We had always intended to do a v13.1 maintenance release. Ideally it should have been out long ago! Actually we probably should have released v13.2 or perhaps even v13.3 by now, but time just got away from us. :(
Things have been pretty crazy behind the scenes here over the last year or so. Alon and Liraz have both been tied up with other important stuff; including major improvements to both the Hub and TKLBAM. So with the recent release of Debian Jessie we have decided to cut our losses and sidestep the v13.1 maintenance release. As Alon and Liraz are still pretty busy, I am driving the v14.0 release. Alon is providing assistance and guidance but I'm pretty much running it, with a few freelance dev guys doing a lot of the work. :)
Core and TKLDev
In times passed, our first release candidate (RC) only included Core but this time around we thought it would make much more sense to release TKLDev at the same time! This means that the community (yes I'm looking at YOU!) can not only test Core - the base appliance that all others are built on. But you can also test the build, install and usage of the whole library using TKLDev! How cool is that?!
Update: Here's a tutorial showing step by step instructions for building any TurnKey ISO from source.
Download the RCs and help us test them
Help needed to complete the upgrade to Jessie
As many seasoned TurnKey users would know, historically a major version bump means a rebase on a new OS version. And as I mentioned above, v14.0 is no exception. TurnKey Linux v14.0 is built on top of Debian Jessie (aka Debian 8).
As there are significant changes that come with Jessie we could really do with some community help on this one. Alon has built these first RCs but I am sure that there will be plenty of issues we'll need to resolve. Just finding the bugs and reporting them on our Issue Tracker (or even just posting here) would be a massive help!
Many may note that there are only 64 bit downloads available this time around. Some may recall that we considered discontinuing 32 bit support back with the v13 release. Even though we decided not to, we have considered the 32 bit builds to be legacy builds for some time now. For this release we are focused on the 64 bit release only at this stage.
We are not totally clear whether this will be the end of 32 bit builds or not. We are deferring that decision for now and will revisit it once we get closer to a final stable release. As a general rule though, the only people that should be affected are those using really old hardware.
Track the progress
[UPDATE] the table linked to below may be out of date. Please see this google spreadsheet for up to date info regarding the v14.0 appliance updates.
As with the v13.0 development we plan to use the GitHub based dev wiki (v14.0 page - appliance status table) and issue tracker so everyone can keep up to speed on progress. Alon and/or Liraz will be merging pull requests at least once per week (often daily). Hopefully we'll get any show-stopper bugs sorted out pretty quickly.
So with a bit of community involvement tweaking and upgrading I hope v14.0 to be our best release yet! I know that with your help we can make it happen! :)
There are also a number of new appliances that have been community developed that we hope to get into this release. If you have a favourite open source project or are associated with open source development and would like to see it released as a new TurnKey appliance then now is the time to act! If your appliance is ready and meets the standards by the time the stable release is ready then we'll include it in v14.0!