Last month I announced Yorba was sponsoring a $500 bounty to backport Geary 0.4 to Precise Pangolin 12.04 and elementary’s Luna. I’m pleased to announce two new developments toward that goal.
First, since then six forward-thinking people added another $100 to the bounty, making the total pot $600. Thank you! This was the part of the experiment I was most interested in. Backporting Geary to 12.04 was a highly-requested task, and I wondered if the people who wanted it would be willing to contribute a little money toward that goal. At least some people did think it worthwhile enough, and collectively they added 20% to Yorba’s initial offer.
Second, I’m pleased to announce that the goal has been reached. Tom Beckmann put in a lot of hours and considerable blood, sweat, and tears to port Geary back to 12.04, but he did it and so he claims the bounty. I’ve run his version of Geary on both Precise and elementary Luna and am quite impressed. It uses our new symbolic icon layout, it’s integrated with Precise’s message indicator, and offers every feature in Geary 0.4, including full-text search and the stability improvements we added to 0.4.1. Best of all, he packaged it up on a Launchpad PPA, meaning it’s a snap to install.
If you’re running Precise Pangolin 12.04 or elementary Luna and you’d like to upgrade your version of Geary, I recommend the following directions. Open a terminal window and type the following:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tombeckmann/geary
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install geary
If you’re already running Geary 0.3.1, this new version will update your old database and you’ll be good to go.
A few notes about this release:
- This is not an official Yorba release of Geary. Please note the version number in the About box (Geary 0.4.2+backport).
- Yorba will not be proactively fixing bugs or adding features to this backport. If there’s sufficient interest in keeping the backport alive, we’re hoping the community will work together to maintain and update it.
- If you encounter a bug with the backport, your best bet is to use the Geary mailing list to report it. Please indicate in your email that you’re using the backport. There’s no official bug tracking system for this backport at this time.
(One further note: due to some technical issues, the original Bountysource.com page was moved here. Other than the URL, all details have remained the same.)
Congratulations Tom, and thanks!