While I can't comment completely, I think I can safely say this since we've talked about it in other threads in the past:
As with almost all firmware rollouts, we generally target specific model numbers over the course of a month or two, specifically on different weeks for each platform, and randomly choose (not sure how this random process works) a certain number of units to update (usually 10k-20k for the first round) per model number. The specific model numbers that are updated will be spread out over the course (in the case of 8.0) this month and next.
I'm not at liberty to release the rollout schedule, unfortunately. I do know, as has been posted on the forums previously, we generally enable "Manual Updates" (Settings > System > Check for Update) at a certain point in most cases. I don't know if we're going to do that this time, but I expect we will.
Those of you asking about your current downgrade status:
I've added almost everyone to the downgrade lists as of today. I have another 41 or so in my inbox, and a few in PMs. If you PM'd me the information, I highly recommend you email me (firstname.lastname@example.org
) instead ... if you make the subject line "7.6 Downgrade" it goes into a special folder marked for this kind of thing. Unfortunately for phpBB, it's impossible for me to filter your requests out of all the other PMs I get. If you've already sent an email and haven't upgraded/downgraded, it either didn't reach me, didn't have the proper format (I need
your serial number and model number ... I cannot and do not have the ability
to look up your serial numbers by email address), or didn't have the proper subject line and got buried by another filter.
As for are we still downgrading/upgrading? Yes and no. Ideally, we don't want to downgrade anyone else now that 8.0 is on the way, but we understand that there are a great many of you who are still frustrated and just want things working. Believe me ... I do too!
I'm going to be working a little overtime this weekend, and will do my best to get some of these questions answered, and figure out where we all stand. Just please try to be patient.
C. Shawn Smith
The Cosmos is all that is, and all that was, and ever will be. -- Carl Sagan