All,

Since its inception in September 2001, FreeRIDE, the 100% Ruby IDE,
has made a lot of progress (http://freeride.rubyforge.org). The
current version has quite a large number features and, above all, the
underlying plugin architecture (FreeBASE databus) has proven to be
stable and perfectly suited for this type of application.

As of today, Curt Hibbs and I are the only active project members with
Curt focusing on the delivery of the Windows installer and myself on
the software development activities. FreeRIDE has reached a point
where it has plenty of nice features that makes it appealing but it
also has weaknesses that can be (really) annoying.

Most notably we are looking for help in the following areas:

- Documentation: FreeRIDE has a user guide but it is quite outdated. I
have just started revamping it but I definitely need help in this
area. It's not a big thing as FreeRIDE is quite easy to use. In a
second step the user guide needs a better integration in FreeRIDE.
This means deciding on a format that is suitable for online publishing
and viewing within the FOX framework.

- Windows platform: this is where the most urgent need is. I am mostly
a Linux developer and although I'm doing some testing on Win XP
(through VMware), FreeRIDE is less stable on
Windows than on Linux. For instance we need to improve the debugger,
the script runner by making a batter use of the Windows Operating
system capabilities, removing slowness in some places... Win2K
and Win XP are the target platforms.

- MacOSX platform: there has been some attempt lately to deliver a
FreeRIDE installer for MacOSX but I need an active person in the core
team responsible for driving the MacOSX community and organizing the
work and/or building the MacOSX installer like Curt does for Windows
and I do for Linux.

- Testing, testing, testing...: testers are
badly needed. By testers I mean people that use FreeRIDE but are also
willing to identify the root cause of a bug and fix it. I use FreeRIDE
myself for FreeRIDE development but I tend to always do the same
operations which is not o good way of testing.

If you are interested in helping us then drop me a mail telling me
where you want to contribute and subscribe to the FreeRIDE developers
mailing list (see http://rubyforge.org/mail/?group_id=31). Working on
FreeRIDE is a lot of fun and it is extremelly rewarding because as a
Ruby developer you'll be improving a tool that makes Ruby programming
even  more fun.

Thanks for all your help!

Laurent Julliard