My workstation has broken (no wifi, no sound, no nvidia support) and I currently can't install any linux system (hdd drive is not properly recognized at boot time) so I cannot promise to work on the release of 0.62.02 until I get a decent linux system working on my it. Maybe someone is interested on take care of this release instead of me. There is some work pending to do (apply some patches from jcome, prepare the release notes and do a call for translators, run the build script and upload the tarballs, binaries, etc, etc...) No mention that git write is needed, and a linux environment that can build Synfig... Unfortunately all my time resources are dedicated now to try to fix the pc so I cannot help a newbie to do that right now.
For those who are interested on what's happening to me continue reading:
Seems that about 2008 when I bought the computer I was able to install (not without initial similar troubles) the ubuntu version that was running at that moment. Since then, I've modified some times my BIOS configuration to see if I can avoid the damn "Softreset failed (device not ready)" messages I got in that time. Then I also was updating the system via software update. Past 25th there were a kernel update and I did installed it without not much attention (my fault). When the system reboots, I got no X, no wifi, no sound, and no mouse...(no custom nvidia module compiled for the new kernel) I modified the system to just run X using default video driver but still stuck without wifi and sound.
So I did a full backup of all the data in an external disk and started the intention of do a fresh installation. I even have bought a new hdd where to do all the operations of installation to avoid erase the old one. ...
I've tried: Ubuntu 10.04, 9.10, 9.04, and 8.04, I cannot go earlier because they are not upgrade supported. None of them installed. Some just go to a busybox ashell and others enters in a endless loop of trying to detect the hard disk. But the hard disk is fine! the old and malfunctioning ubuntu 10.04 boots (not without a long delay, but finally it boots).
Even I have tested latest debian lenny. It enters in a endless loop of : "link online but device misclassified, retrying" without success...
Then I've tested SystemRescueCD and it boots (uses Gentoo). So I turned to Gentoo... Gentoo installed but when boot it comes to similar problem than all the above (endless loop). Now I'm looking for a kernel change to stop those detection failure on my system...https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... omments/90
I hope it works.
So situation is: I'm probably turning to Gentoo if it solves the problem.
Or I still having the old hard disc with a limited system.
This is really frustrating...