DBeckett wrote:I was under the impression that some here with "inside access" were keeping him apprised of the showstopping bugs, namely the GRUB thing and the no-boot thing.
Are you saying that we should be emailing him direct regarding those issues?
Yes, provided you can write a concise bug report on a single issue that will help him.
See this thread for a copy of the bug report I sent him. Short, to the point. I didn't need to describe my hardware because I knew it had nothing to do with hardware drivers. From that report he wrote back to say he knew what went wrong, and he'd be starting on a new build as soon as he could clear some time.
I can't say he'll write back to everyone who sends in a bug report. I think the answer hit him as soon as he read my email, and he wanted Jerry to post the "oh crap" message as a reply to short-circuit a lot of further wasted time.
But: anyone can and should send in a bug report if s/he has observed a bug and has some kind of handle on what may be going wrong.
Bug reports should go to devatmepisdotorg --I don't want to put it in standard email address form to guard against spambots, but you can translate the run-on English into the right form.
What Warren does not need
is a long rambling account of various problems you and I and cousin Jed are having. . . that's what we have these Beta forum threads for! I just distilled the reported problem for him after I realized, from the forum, that it wasn't only my install alone that somehow went wrong. So take a look at that link given above for one possible type of Bug Report that will be helpful.
Again, I stress, don't everybody
just flood Warren with all kinds of complaints and problems. The man can't get any work done if he's reading pages of email! In some distros, you can't even send the developers a bug report unless you're signed up as a alpha/beta tester who has some competence. Warren hasn't got Mepis set up that way --he wants the forum to be a self-sifting process to determine what the problems are. But you don't have to have "special clearance" to write if you're pretty sure you can boil it down to what he needs to know.