We know a lot of Luna users and elementary OS followers are eager to try the upcoming release of elementary OS. You might have also noticed we haven't made mention of any testing images. Although we have been working hard on what will become
Isis Freya, we are not yet ready to have the community try it out.
The development libraries (and their dependencies) used in Luna and
Isis Freya are very different. In some cases, they're more than 2 years more recent in Isis Freya than in Luna. As such, we've been working to adapt our code to adjust to these new libraries and bindings. It's been a very complicated process. Actually, we aren't yet done with this goal, so we're still facing some major-blocking issues with the desktop behavior.
Cassidy James has an interesting analogy:
Imagine we're baking cookies.
Jupiter was the kind on the back of the chocolate chip bag, tweaked a bit. We liked that, but decided for Luna that we should make our own dough. We had to figure out the best combination of ingredients and make it from scratch.
With Isis, we have newer, higher quality ingredients to choose from, but they react differently and taste different compared to the old ones. Our job is to make cookies that are even more delicious than Luna, but first we have to figure out the recipe.
Any ISOs that exist now are equivalent to some of the possible ingredients being thrown onto a cookie sheet and stuck in the oven. It's ugly and tastes gross because we're just not done.
Once we figure out all the best ingredients, we'll put them together and bake up a test batch, a beta. We'll let you all know so you can taste-test with us and give us feedback.
After that, we'll tweak the recipe as needed and decide if we need another taste-testing. Once we're satisfied, we'll call it finished and bake that final delicious batch.
It's true, we do have in-house development images of what will become
Isis Freya, but they're so broken and unfinished that we don't feel it's safe or useful to put them out there for everyone to try. There's no point in having a lot of testers report bugs we already know of and flood our bug trackers. Thus, we ask that you give us some time before we launch a beta version of Isis Freya. The images we have are far, very far away from where we're going and we all need to be patient since the developers of elementary are all volunteers giving away their free time.
Edited on June 22, 2014 to reflect the change from Isis to Freya. Read more here.