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Joomla! 1.5 RC4: Introducing Karibu

Joomla! 1.5 RC4 - Karibu

Just a week and a half ago people from all over the globe gathered in various locations to do a little Bug Squashing... today the fruits of their labour can be revealed as we announce the release of Joomla! 1.5 RC4. This release is code named Karibu which is Swahili for nearby, close, close by, at hand... all terms that we feel reflect the nature of this release.

Karibu marks an important milestone in 1.5's development, as barring any major issues we believe it will be the last release candidate, with the next release being the big one... Joomla! 1.5 stable. When that happens will in part be influenced by the Joomla! community...

More so than any previous, this release really has been one of unprecedented community involvement with people from all the various Working Groups as well as others banding together to help increase momentum as we head for a stable release. There is an enormous amount of energy building up around the 1.5 release and it is inspirational being a part of the process.

How can I be a part of the stable release?

Testing

The first and most important thing you can do is test the software with us. Download a copy of RC4 and install it somewhere to test it. Go through all the different areas of the software looking for things that do not work.  If you come across something that is broken then please file a bug report on our tracker. If you come across something that seems to not work but you are not sure, ask a question in our Quality and Testing forum. If you have the ability to solve the problem, let us know how you would solve it by fixing it and providing a patch.

Rule of thumb: a bug report is great, a patch is even greater.

Documentation

Almost as important as making sure the software works is making sure that people can learn how to use it. We try to make Joomla! as easy to use as possible, but even the easiest to use software requires documentation. Because Joomla! 1.5 is a complete rethink and rework of so much, the documentation for 1.0.x is no longer relevant. One of the things that we can use a lot of help with is writing documentation. At nearly every event we have gone to we have heard that people want to help but feel that they really do not have the expertise to do so... well this is your chance to help! We need volunteers to write up documentation on how to use nearly every part of Joomla! ... help screens ... development tutorials ... anything and everything you can think of to help people learn about Joomla!.

Teaser: Building on the huge success of the Bug Squashing event, in the coming weeks we will announce a Joomla! Documentation Boot Camp.... stay tuned for more.

How do I find more information on Joomla! 1.5?

Most of the resources with information on 1.5 is a work in progress, but that's where you come in.  Help us make these resources better so that everyone that comes after you doesn't have the same problems finding information that you might have.

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Joomla! 1.5 RC4 download

RELEASE NOTES

Joomla! 1.5 RC4 is by far the most stable release of version 1.5 to date. It has undergone a great deal of testing and bug fixing since RC3 and is considered very close to stable.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most secure code base we can 4 security issues have been identified and fixed since RC3. For this reason is it strongly advised that you upgrade any sites running RC3 to RC4 as soon as possible. As always when doing upgrades make sure you make backups of your existing site and test the upgrade first in a sandbox environment before you upgrade a live site.

A list of the known issues and security fixes for RC4 is shown below.  Due to how fast things get fixed in our code base, those of you actively testing should be using updated nightly builds or copies checked out from our subversion server both of which can be found here.

Known Issues

  • There is an issue with the URL rewriting plugin that affects links embedded in articles in some cases. Make sure you test this thoroughly before updating a live site.

Security Fixes

  • SECURITY [HIGH] Critical CSRF allow portal compromise - Administrator components.
  • SECURITY [HIGH] Fixed registered user privilege escalation vulnerability.
  • SECURITY [MEDIUM] Fixed administrators can promote other users to administrator group.
  • SECURITY [LOW] XSS vulnerability in com_poll

Upgrading

Although a complete re-installation is recommended, it is possible to upgrade from RC3 to RC4 with the following procedure:

  • Backup all files; backup your database.
  • Delete all Joomla! core files, but leave any third-party extension files in place, including your configuration.php file.
  • Upload/copy contents of RC4 package.
  • Execute the MySQL commands to be found in /installation/sql/mysql/diff.sql to implement the necessary database changes.
  • Delete the entire /installation directory.

 

Joomla! 1.5 - squashing bugs world wide

ImageJoin us for the first world wide Joomla! 1.5 bug squashing days on 8th, 9th and 10th of December, in Washington, DC, New York, NY, Mountain View, CA, San Francisco, CA, Vancouver Canada and Brussels Belgium . On the menu are Joomla! 1.5 bugs, sweet Coffee, lemonade, Pizza and of course a lot of fun!

 

The challange is to squeeze the exiting priority 1 & 2 bugs and to test as much as we can. If we end up with an empty tracker this would be the perfect result for those events.

The development working group has a dream ... an empty bug tracker and many people intensivly testing 1.5."

 

Please note that space is limited, so don't register unless you are certain you can come. We will create several groups based on your skills. People with development knowledge in Joomla! 1.5 can help squeezing bugs, people with experience in Joomla! can test and make sure there are no bugs missing.

 

If you can't join us in person, come join us on IRC (#joomlapbf @ freenode.). For more fun, you can even organize a local bug squashing by finding a space with room for you and some others to work, and getting some food. Just join in the IRC so you know what is happening elsewhere.


All the bugs fixed at these events will go straight into the trunk of 1.5 ready to be released with the upcoming RC4.

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Joomla! invited to join Google Highly Open Participation Contest

GHOP logo Would you like a chance to win a trip to the Googleplex, the California headquarters of Google in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley, and help Joomla! at the same time?

Well, following on from the success of the Google Summer of Code program, Google has today launched a contest for pre-university students (high school and secondary school students) aimed at encouraging young people to participate in open source projects.  Joomla! is proud to have been invited to join with nine other open source organisations for this pilot program which will run until early February 2008.

The Google Highly Open Participation Contest, or GHOP for short, is intended to offer an opportunity to students who may want to get into open source but don't know where to start.  By working through a number of pre-defined tasks, contestants will be able to engage with the open source community and get involved at a far earlier time than they might otherwise think they could.  At the same time, Joomla! gets the benefit of additional contributions to the project.

For the past two months, a crack team has been working in secret to build a list of tasks that we need help with.  Tasks are not limited to coding; there are 102 tasks to choose from, divided into categories: code, documentation, outreach, quality assurance, research, training, translation and user interface.  Tasks are generally either two or four weeks in duration and have been designed so that students can complete them in their spare time without affecting their studies.  You can see full details of the tasks by visiting the Joomla! GHOP site.  There is a wide range of tasks, including many that require only minimal prior knowledge of Joomla! and each contestant will have access to a task-specific mentor who can offer guidance where needed.  It's a great way to get started on contributing to an open source project and we hope that contestants will have a lot of fun in the process.

As this is a contest it has prizes!   At the conclusion of the contest, each contestant will receive a T-shirt and certificate for successfully completing at least one task and 100 US Dollars for every three tasks successfully completed.  In addition, the Joomla! GHOP judges will evaluate each entry on the basis of creativity, thoroughness, quality of work and community involvement and select one contestant to receive the Grand Prize of a trip to Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA for an award ceremony for the contestant and one parent or guardian.

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