I understand the desire for minimal installations. I like the minimalist approach ! However if you are down to the last 500MB of drive space I suggest you invest in a new hard drive or even a flash drive. If however your concern is the 500MB .Net installation I am right behind you. Although us old timers have to accept that this is the future !!
I am wondering if v. 5 will be maintained going into the future?
So it sounds like v. 5 will still work ok, but won't have all the great features that v. 6 can offer.
I don't know enough about .NET Framework to know if it would be a good investment of space on my computer and whether it would be used by other apps in the future. It is hard to justify the space for one app when there are alternatives.
.NET should use less than 500MB - something in the league of 150MB IIRC. I am all for the minimalist approach too - except that in our case .NET is something used by quite a large number of programs and should be installed by almost everyone now. Vista comes packaged with it (.NET 3.0, but we depend on 3.5 which is just a small step up) and that's what made me think that adoption should be pretty good.
Microsoft is supporting .NET development. Chances are, there will be more applications written in .NET with time. Office, for one, has .NET plugin support. Although most applications will still be using native code, .NET will definitely become more popular with time and more applications will use it. Paint.NET is written in C#.
v5 will be maintained in the sense that bugs and security fixes will still be fixed. However, new features as part of maintenance will not be present in v5. Features implemented in v6 will not be ported back to v5. After v6 is publicly released v5 will be branched and v6 will replace it as the stable.
As I mentioned to you in ICQ, I, for one, am perfectly happy with V5 and I want to thank you for keeping it in maintenance mode. V5 does everything I want and need from an eraser utility, and with a considerably smaller footprint than V6. 'Wave of the future' or not (and I have plenty of .net applications installed), I will always go for the smaller footprint, everything else being equal.
I have 5.8.6 on my work computer. I haven't put Eraser on my laptop yet because I thought I would wait for the final release of 5.8.7. You are now at 5.8.7 beta 4. What is your approximate prediction on when the final release for 5.8.7 will be available?
I am not in any hurry, just trying to decide what to do with the laptop for now?
Don’t worry about it, 5.8.7 Beta 4 will probably be the final anyway. I have been using it since its release and have had no problems. :wink:
It is certainly better than all other previous V5 releases. The only reason it isn’t final now is that Garrett hasn’t signed it and Joel is awaiting a resolution from a few questionable posts claiming that data could be recovered after a pass with V5.
Be brave, install 5.8.7 Beta 4 and enjoy it !!! :lol: