The FreeCol team are pleased to announce the release of FreeCol 0.11.0. This release is mainly an opportunity for the developers to fix some difficult structural problems that were blocking progress. That said, there are many useful new user visible features, listed
below. And lots of bugs were fixed.
In particular, we had an intractable cluster of bugs that could not be fixed without making an incompatible change to the saved game format and dropping the 0.9.x compatibility code. Therefore, this is 0.11.0, not 0.10.8, and 0.9.x games will no longer load correctly. The hope is that this is the last save-format break before 1.0.
User configuration and data files have been moved to more standard locations under MacOS and Unixes (e.g. *BSD, linux). Where a change occurs, existing files that FreeCol uses will be copied to the new locations, leaving the original directories intact, and an informative message will be displayed (once!). In all cases now, the final directory to look for your data is called "freecol".
User Data: ~/Library/Application Support/freecol
On other Unixes we now follow the XDG standard but only if there is evidence that other applications are also using it. This usually amounts to checking whether ~/.config and ~/.local exist.
User Data: ~/.local/share/freecol
If insufficient evidence of XDG-use is found, the old ~/.freecol structure will continue to be used for at least the duration of the 0.11.x series, but is likely to be dropped at the next major release.
Windows configuration has not changed. Windows stores FreeCol data in the "freecol" folder under the documents directory.
262 bugs reports were closed since the 0.10.7 release. 163 were fixed, 22 were invalid, 36 went out of date, 41 were duplicates. The bug tracker is in reasonably good shape. As of 20141018 we have 49 open bugs, which break down as follows (some overlap):
6 : Blocked WWC1D?
12 : Blocked needing information from the reporter, or awaiting fix confirmation
2 : Java related, probably not our bug
2 : Missing content (artwork, sounds)
19 : UI issue
3 : Installer problem
6 : Windows specific
1 : Directory problem
from which you could say:
Thank you to everyone who submitted a FreeCol bug report. Kudos to outstanding bug reporters Lone_Wolf and William Astle.
The change in save-format is not 100% clean, so when starting 0.11.x with an older format game there may be some initial display inconsistencies with other nation units and settlements. These should settle down with play, and go away with a save-load cycle.
Several people have complained of hangs or crashes associated with the opening video. On linux there is a known cause for this but it is deep inside the X server, and AFAICT not something we can fix. If this happens to you, running FreeCol with the --no-intro argument is often a successful workaround (BR#2703).
Given the large changes and long gap since the last release, the next release is likely to be a maintenance/bugfix release to tidy up problems that were missed in testing. More people testing the git trunk would be most welcome.
The next major release will concentrate more on implementing missing features from the Pending Features tracker. Only 36 to go before we can release 1.0! Note though that several of these are blocked by lack of detailed knowledge of what Col1 did. We have collected the open questions into the WWC1D wiki and invite Col1 players to help us sort out what exactly needs to be done (in particular Lone_Wolf's effort to definitively work out Col1 resource output could do with some help). Apart from developer time, this is the major blocker to releasing 1.0.
We hope you enjoy FreeCol 0.11.0. Onward to 1.0.
The FreeCol Team