We don't have a big enough team to actively support both.

On Sun, Aug 20, 2006 at 11:31:38PM -0700, an ominous cow herd wrote:
> I can empathize.  Freenet is is one of the first projects that I've seen take 
> a working application and push it aside, while directing new users to an 
> alpha version.  The way it would normally be done is listing Freenet 0.5 as 
> the stable version instead of the "unsupported" version, and 0.7 as the alpha 
> version still under development.  New users would opt for the stable version. 
>  
> Having new users directed to an alpha version while the stable version is 
> fully functioning is quite strange.
> 
> On Saturday 19 August 2006 08:11, - wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I think you're making a mistake in forcing new people into the beta test
> > freenet 0.7 instead of the established 0.5.
> >
> > You're forgetting how _highly_ someone new has to be motivated to try
> > freenet, even version 0.5 which works and is not a beta test. Let's think
> > about what would motivate someone...
> >
> > I remember when I found freenet, I installed it spent hours reading over
> > the technical jargon.
> > It was incredible slow. I removed it thinking this is a pile of crap that
> > does not work.
> >
> > Only a few months later, did I again bother to go through this
> > complicated process and after waiting for three days with it on, it finally
> > started working.
> >
> > The reason I spent many hours and went back after throwing it out once, was
> > because I was _highly motivated_ for the anonymity and content.
> >
> > Here's the problem:
> >
> > If 0.7 doesn't offer the anonymity and the content, plus it's an unstable
> > beta test,
> > why would anyone new bother to join the community?
> >
> > Do you think people are nice enough to offer their time and computers to
> > beta test some random highly technical peer to peer application that
> > completely hogs your computer's resources?
> >
> >
> >
> > The problem with freenet (even 0.5) is, it just isn't user friendly.
> > A person who just stumbles on freenet does not know if it's actually going
> > to work. After seeing how slow it is, most people, like myself will just
> > get rid of it, not bothering to learn all the configurations, frost, fuqid,
> > etc.
> >
> > If you took the time to create a simple, down-to-earth website and install
> > program without all the technical jargon, you would double or triple your
> > user base.
> >
> > The only NEW users you're going to get to freenet 0.7 are going to be
> > peer-to-peer programming enthusiasts. And how many of those are there that
> > don't know about freenet already?
> >
> > So instead of scaring all potential freenet users away, It would be wiser
> > to just ask members of the freenet community to do the beta testing, and
> > create a nice user friendly website for 0,5 until 0,7 is working. Even I
> > would be willing to help create this website, and I'm sure many other
> > people also would volunteer.
> >
> > Best Regards,
> >
> > Van
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