somebody here just tell us the 9 millimeters in between:
What's the difference whether you know the steps in between or not?
Does Microsoft ever announce steps in between from Windows X to Windows Y?
No. They announce Windows Y short after they put Windows X into the market. When time is due, they postpone it. At some time later, they give an alpha version to testers. Even later, they give hints to the media. And when the media hype begins to cool down, the put a first version to the market. All business as usual.
So why are you not satisfied with ONE deadline: 30th August? You can't help anyway, all you could perhaps do is disturb the process and delay the result.
10) finally, anka (alpha) iso.
not asking for any deadlines, no money, no commitment from anyone. does anybody here have ANY idea about the 9 major steps ahead towards an alpha iso in general?
Yes. Generally, there are no 9 steps. There a 1 to 8 steps, depending on the distribution - unless you count each package, it's making and testing as a single step, then you usually get over 9000. That aside, I don't know how many steps exactly it is for Anka, but in principle it is as follows:
- set up a common development environment. This is rather important!
- create the packages.
- select the packages to put on the iso, while taking inter-package dependencies into account.
- create the iso and make it public, this includes uploading it to a server from where everybody can download it.
As far as I dare to tell from what I understood from the information I got together, Anka is at least in step 2 now.