Minivend 4.0 alpha releaseNov 25, 1999, 21:13 (0 Talkback[s])
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MiniVend 4 is up for ALPHA use. For those who don't know what alpha is:
If that scares you, please don't try it.
On the other hand, it hasn't blown up any of the 10 or so systems it is currently installed on. But your mileage may differ.
It will run, but not install automatically, on Windows. In the future, Windows will only be supported by a binary distribution. But that may take some time.
MiniVend 4 requires, repeat REQUIRES, Perl 5.005. It shouldn't even begin to install without it. This is not negotiable and all pleas to make it run on 5.004 will be ignored out of hand.
The documentation is lame at this point, and the users guide is not included in the distribution. It is in a few man pages and some files in the same directory as the tar.gz file.
Please pay attention to the WHATSNEW file.
There should be an installation guide and users guide available sometime not too long after Y2K; it is being written by professional technical writer.
I don't want to hear about:
I DO want to hear about:
I know there are quite a few of you out there who will run this against all good advice; you should be a relative wizard to try it. But it is your time... 8-)
All in all, though, I am excited about this software. It is much better, at least under the hood, than MiniVend 3. What it needs is polish and testing, and that process can now start.
Thanks to all who use Minivend; it makes my life interesting!
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