Drumroll please... I'm thrilled to make not one, but two announcements!
TurnKey Core 13.0RC: This is a release candidate of TurnKey Core 13 based on Debian 7.0 ("Wheezy")- the upcoming version of Debian, which hasn't officially been released bu shouldn't be too far off.
- 64-bit support: TurnKey Core 13RC is available in both 32bit and 64bit versions. This means we can now guarantee that TurnKey 13 will come with 64-bit support. The wait for is nearly over. To be honest lack of 64-bit support been a nagging source of embarrassment for TurnKey for quite a while now. A significant 66% of users said this was "Very important" to them. We agree.
Download the RCs and help us test them
Getting ahead of the curve for TurnKey 13
In the past we've released updates to the TurnKey library a few months after a new operating system release came out. We want this to change. Ideally new releases of the TurnKey library should come out roughly in sync with new releases of the underlying Linux distribution it is based on.
We're going to try and make that happen for the next release. Hence this early version of the new TurnKey Core release candidate.
This time around there's more than just wishful thinking involved. We have better tools. Part of the motivation for improving TurnKey's development infrastructure was to simplify development and increase efficiency to make it easier for the project to keep up with new OS releases while the growth of the TurnKey library continues.
That means for the next release we won't be waiting. Even though Debian 7 ("Wheezy") is still officially in the "testing" phase, it is coming together very nicely and we're moving into position for an early release. Because we can!
As Liraz mentioned, we've been hard at work cleaning up and upgrading our development infrastructure, re-engineering the build process from the ground up, reducing complexity, adding automation and making the whole structure easily reproducible and extendible.
We've been working towards three primary goals: efficiency, multi-architecture support, and easily reproducible open development toolkit that would allow the community to participate in the development of TurnKey on equal footing.
The first two goals are now complete and we're almost there with regards to the last goal: enabling anyone to build TurnKey appliances from scratch using the same tools the core development team uses.
Getting back to the RC's - all changes, bugfixes and tweaks are available in the changelog. As for the features, not much has changed except for the base distribution at this point.
Long story short, try the RC's and tell us what you think.