Roland L wrote:Porting the new UI to the x86 platform shouldn't be that complicated, if the backend doesn't change. Also, adding missing options in the user interface should be rather easy, if the backend already provides the necessary functions.
It's more difficult than you might think. These things take time. The options in the UI and the web code for them would likely have to be written from scratch. There's also decision making needed on how to show the additional options of the x86 units in the UI in a logical way, but a way that keeps it fairly consistent with the ARM devices.
Also the ARM units use Debian Squeeze whereas the x86 units use Debian Etch. If porting to squeeze is needed the backend work could take quite some time to sort out (chirpa has said they've looked into using Squeeze: http://www.readynas.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=58629&p=332047
). Not to mention if they provide the UI to existing units, getting the update to work smoothly will take some work.
With the ARM units there was the advantage that on the very first firmware users would be using the new UI, so no update of users from an old UI and not as many features needed in a first release with the new UI.
Roland L wrote:I really hope the new UI will be available on the x86 products very soon!
I doubt it. Maybe sometime next year, but we'll have to wait and see.