GNOME’s foray into developing a free integrated Web and desktop software stack has taken a step backwards with the news that the release of the alpha of Tomboy Online has been delayed by up to four weeks.
Confirming the delay to Techworld Australia, Paul Cutler, a member of GNOME Foundation’s board of directors and developer on Snowy, the software powering Tomboy Online, said an “elusive bug” was responsible for the delay.
“Unfortunately, we have one elusive bug we’re trying to track down to fix before we start the alpha,” he said. “We’re hopeful we’ll have it fixed and launch the alpha test in the next week or two.”
GNOME had originally planned to release the software to coincide with Software Freedom Day on 18 September.
Cutler confirmed alpha testing for Tomboy Online has been rescheduled until the bug is found and is expected to launch within two weeks, a month after the initial planned release date.
According to Gnome Foundation online, Tomboy Online allows users to view, edit, and synchronise their Tombody notes online. Tomboy Online is powered by Snowy, a Web application written in Python on the Django Web framework and licensed under the Affero General Public License (AGPL).
In a statement, GNOME Foundation executive director, Stormy Peters, said, "The GNOME Project is thinking hard about how to ensure user freedom in the face of highly functional and ubiquitious Web applications.”
"While GNOME already provides a user-friendly and full-featured desktop and application set, users are embracing online services en masse. The GNOME Project wants to continue protecting user freedom and providing quality tools via online services, and Tomboy Online is just one of the ways we can do that,” she said.
In the meantime, Cutler said signups for the upcoming alpha test for the integrated service are currently open but are invitation only.
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