Archive for January, 2010

eyeOS 2.0 presentations. Hey, what happens with the dates?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

UPDATE: Dear all,

Please calm down. There is no conspiracy with IBM nor Telefonica to hide anything to anyone. eyeOS 2.0 code will be published as usual, not copyrighted from IBM nor Telefonica. Telefonica is the biggest ISP in Spain and we presented eyeOS 2.0 together. We love that you want eyeOS 2.0 released as much as we want… But patience today means better product tomorrow.

As a result of your requests (which have been a bit rude sometimes) we’ll be opening eyeOS 2.0 code in an SVN this week.

As we already explained some weeks ago, we have been presenting this week eyeOS 2.0 in Barcelona and we’ll be presenting it in Madrid on monday. A new video of 2.0 will be published after Madrid’s presentation.

About the release date, we know you deserve an explanation.

On our first internal release we invited some people to test it out. The result was that eyeOS 2.0 rocked, but it missed a lot of feedback for the user on some actions. It was not clear and the user could get lost during the eyeOS 2 usage.

We realized that we needed to fix this before the release to not disappoint eyeOS users with the new release. eyeOS 1 has been known for its great design and usability, and 2.0 must be as good as 1, with some new exciting features. If we fail on this, we fail on everything.

This is the reason we delayed the final date. eyeOS 2.0 exists, and some of you are testing actively lots of functionalities. And we thank you a lot for this.

We understand that some of you would prefer an Open Development, and we’ll be opening everything soon. This is quite important for us (more than one year of work) and we want it to be perfect. This is why we ask you for some little more patience. Having the support from all of you is the best to work motivated. It has always motivated us.

With the first beta release (once all feedback problems have been fixed) everything will be opened, included the development of the final release. And we’re working really hard to get this.

Thanks for understanding us.

Final road to eyeos 2.0

Friday, January 1st, 2010

2nd UPDATE: We know we are delayed. We want to ask you some extra patience: If we have not released anything yet is because we want to present something stable and powerful. Those of you who have been testing the private server have reported dozens of bugs, especially related to the lack of feedback that the system gives to the user. This feedback has pushed us to decide to wait a few more days for the first release. We’re working hard on that , and we’ll continue non-stop until we’re done.

The first public beta will be out in a few days. Please do understand us. We’re creating something big , for everybody, and made from scratch. After 6 months working on 2.0, we have decided to wait to have it really ready than releasing it earlier. It will be free and Open Source. And we’re the first ones to wish to release it.

The public presentations in Barcelona, Madrid (Spain), United States, Germany and France will be announced soon.

UPDATE: We’ve done the first update on the beta server. On monday the first beta will be released for download and the server updated again. Please note that the estimated release time will be 7pm Spain time.

The update enabled new features:

  • Ability to create work groups
  • Spreedsheets has been updated with new functions from the toolbar
  • Documents is now linked to the FSI and opens and saves in its own format, which can have bundled images and media.
  • Its possible to share files from eyeFiles with other users. To do it: add an user from People and wait him/her to accept you. Share the files you want with those users. They can double click your contact from People and eyeFiles will open with the title “Files shared from X” where X is the user.

Before starting to talk about eyeos 2.0 we must take a minute to thank the whole eyeos community for the enormous support received during the last weeks of December. The eyeos official communities have been created successfully in 5 continents and are already working hard, and people from all around the world is waiting for eyeos 2.0. And we’re doing our best to make the 2.0 release the best release of eyeos ever.

eyeOS 2.0 release dates and information

We’re opening today a private test site thought for everybody willing to help on the testing process for eyeOS 2.0. This private site will be opened to the official communities leaders today, and to everybody in the eyeos community on monday. The test server will have all debugging features enabled and we’ll be activating/deactivating different modules during the next week. Please do not expect to see the final version since during the first testing week we’ll be activating and deactivating different applications to focus the testing efforts on different parts of the system.

Everybody who wants to help on this process, please send a mail to Jordi Collell ( We will be sending the invitations during the next week, and everybody testing will be invited to a mailing list to coordinate the testing efforts.

The first general available, open source release of eyeos 2.0 will be on January 11th, after all modules will have been activated on the test server and the important bugs found have been fixed. From January 11th to January 18th we’ll open a public preview server and everybody will be able to test, play online and/or download and install the eyeOS 2.0 release candidate. We’ll work hard during that week to fix everything detected during those days.

Finally, the final release (eyeOS 2.0.0 final) will be done in January 18th, and eyeos 2.0 will be officially presented in Barcelona (January 19th), Madrid (January 21st-25th, still to determinate) and somewhere in the US on February. All community leaders will be invited to organize and coordinate events on their countries and territories around eyeos 2.0 presentations.

But I was expecting to see eyeos 2.0 today…

We know the best would be to release 2.0 final today, but we have choosen to have a 2-week period (1 week of private controled testing and 1 week of public testing) because eyeos 2.0 has been rewritten from scratch, and a lot of test will be needed. The main purpose is to release a great 2.0, and this is what we all are working for.

But as we understand that some people not interested in testing would like to see eyeos 2.0 working, we’ve prepared a video of eyeos 2.0 working. Note that with the final release there will be another video showing everything about 2.0 (including collaboration in real time in eyeDocs, the mail client, calendar and more.). Enjoy it!