So I suppose there's a tradeoff between the development of the next release, and the support of the previous? Do you have any plans on how long the previous release will be supported (troubleshooting, bug patching, general helpfulness on the forums) before beginning development of the next in earnest?
Also, is each release going to be stand-alone, or a patch? An option for both?
(FWIW, the BtRL demo was much easier than FSO to install, but still was a long way from everyday casual gamers being able to install it as easily as a commercial game. I think as you seem keen on lowering the barriers to success, this is something that should be given serious attention.)