Thanks for the feedback-- it is really important for us to hear these comments.
We’re definitely in difficult, unprecedented territory-- critical releases, COVID19 lockdowns, etc. Weighing everything, we believe the best option is to go ahead with our originally announced release date for OMERO 5.6.1 of Wednesday, March 25th, at 3pm UTC (11am EDT) . We will do what we can to assist those who cannot upgrade as proposed and announced in our earlier announcements.
We are very well aware of the challenges everyone is working under at this time. Many sysadmins have already scheduled the upgrade, and delaying by only a week requires a change to already complex schedules at short notice. A longer delay is likely to run into more constraints due to institutional restrictions and potential illness of staff. We also have to consider the varying impacts of COVID19 in different countries across the world. This effectively means postponing the release indefinitely, so we’ve taken the difficult decision to go ahead with the release as planned on 25 March.
If there are any further comments, please do get in touch.
Best wishes to the whole community-- stay healthy and strong.