Thanks everyone for the recent series of commits that fixed a lot of bugs
and also arrived at a reasonable stopping point for the wxwidgets device
driver changes. The only additional change planned for this release that I
am aware of is Hez's docbook documentation for his OCaml bindings. It would
be great to get that into the forthcoming release, but if Hez is tied up
with something else, I don't think we should delay the release for it.
Note, there has been a lot of recent change so we should concentrate in the
next two weeks (assuming the release date is the weekend of December 6th)
on thorough testing of svn/trunk on all platforms accessible to those
lurking on this list.
If you are serious about helping with the testing this means you will run
ctest in the build tree and also do install-tree testing of the common build
scenarios such as (1) shared library/dynamic devices; (2) shared
library/static devices; and (3) static library/static devices. All three
scenarios have been available for Unix for a long time, and now they are
available for all Windows platforms as well. Furthermore, those who are
using GCC should use the -fvisibility=hidden option for gcc, g++, and
gfortran to make sure the recent visibility changes are correct for gcc for
your platform. MinGW, Cygwin, and bare Windows testers should try to
install as many of the PLplot device driver prerequisite libraries as
possible so your build, ctest, and install tree tests the maximum possible
features of PLplot.
Just for fun, I may give the Windows side of testing a try. I have always
been most curious about what the wingcc device driver looks like so this
would be my chance to find out. I have no access to commercial Windows (and
don't plan to open my wallet for that), but there was an interesting article
in LWN (http://lwn.net/Articles/307732/ available to LWN subscribers now and
available to everybody for free 6 days from now) about RedHat's efforts to
use MinGW on a Linux WINE platform to do their Windows virt tools
application testing. I don't see why that general approach would not work
for PLplot as well so I will at least explore the idea. If it turns out to
be really easy, I may end up doing WINE platform testing for this release to
supplement the Windows test efforts of Arjen and Werner, but if there is a
lot involved, then I will delay that "interesting" test effort until later.
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the FreeEOS equation-of-state implementation
for stellar interiors (freeeos.sf.net); PLplot scientific plotting software
package (plplot.org); the libLASi project (unifont.org/lasi); the Loads of
Linux Links project (loll.sf.net); and the Linux Brochure Project